What constitutes an appropriate role of the judiciary? Some people urge that courts have become too powerful that judges legislate from the bench. What does it mean for the court to be an activist? what does it mean for the court to show judicial restraint? Although conservatives have pointed out that conservative judges and justices are now more likely to overturn precedents conservatives have long complained about the activism of liberal justices and judges, in recent years, liberals questioned the power of elected institutions of governments. Conservatives counter by saying they are simply returning to an older precedent that had been ignored by liberals. if both liberals and conservatives engage in judicial activism, what is the role of the concept of “activism” (perhaps judicial activism is just a term used to describe a court decision you disagree with)?