The 2016 Supreme Court cases: Abortion, Obamacare, DUI tests and more

  • The Supreme Court in Washington, DC, November 6, 2013. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

    Voters in 2016 will usher new leaders into the White House and Congress, but it's the third branch of government that will be making some major national policy changes in the coming year. The Supreme Court already has a series of high-stakes cases lined up for consideration early in 2016.

    In the next few months, the nine justices will hear cases related to the Affordable Care Act, abortion, laws regarding DUI tests, the power of teachers' unions, freedom of speech in a government office, and other issues. Additionally, the court will hand down rulings in cases it heard in late 2015, on issues like affirmative action.

    Here's a look at what to expect from the Supreme Court in early 2016...