Court-Packing Plan Law & Legal Definition


Court-packing plan refers to an unsuccessful proposal made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. Court-packing plan was proposed to increase the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices from nine to fifteen. The purpose of court-packing plan was to increase the Court’s efficiency. However, President Roosevelt wanted to use the court-packing plan to appoint justices who would not block his administration’s new deal programs.