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Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch is the only wing of government not directly elected by the populace. Instead of being elected, members of the Judicial Branch are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

The head office of the American Judiciary is the United States Supreme Court. The Court is composed of 9 judges. There are no term limits to being a Supreme Court judge. A judge will leave office upon retirement or death, with death usually following closely upon retirement.

The Supreme Court is the highest of several federal courts where cases and appeals are brought before federal judges. These lower federal courts are arranged around the nation geographically. There are also 13 United States courts of appeals.

The main duty of the Judicial Branch is to interpret the Constitution as it applies to the laws of the nation. For instance, if Congress were to pass a law prohibiting equal protection under the law or refusing the right to assemble peaceably, the Supreme Court would be where Americans could challenge the Constitutional nature of that law.

It is imperative to keep the Judicial Branch in our prayers as they use ethical and moral standards to interpret America’s Constitution as it applies to her modern laws.

Featured Member of the Judicial Branch for Prayer

PrayFocusJudicialJudge Carl Barbier, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Joseph S. Barbier was born in 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University, and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. He was a law clerk with the Louisiana Court of Appeal Fourth Circuit, and in the U.S. District Court for Louisiana’s Eastern District. He was in the private practice of law in New Orleans for 27 years.

In 1998 Barbier was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana that he now occupies. He was later appointed to hear the cases in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, where at least 300 cases are consolidated in his court.

IN THE NEWS: U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that BP could pay a maximum civil penalty of up to $4,300 for each barrel of oil spilled in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. The fines apply under the Clean Water Act, the federal law governing water pollution. The ruling means BP continues to face up to $13.7 billion in civil fines for the oil spill. BP had asked Barbier to cap the fine at $3,000 per barrel, the maximum set in 1990. But federal prosecutors said Environmental Protection Agency and Coast Guard rules required adjustments for inflation. Barbier said the EPA rules are “applicable and correct” and affirmed the agency had the authority to adjust the penalty. He is expected to make a final ruling on how much BP will pay for the oil spill in coming months.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


The Supreme Court heard arguments over whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim teenager when she was denied a job because her headscarf conflicted with the company dress code.

A Washington grandmother and florist of 40 years who refused to service gay weddings because of her faith will now be forced to arrange flowers for gay ceremonies, plus pay a fine and legal fees and costs.

Pray for the courts as they hear issues involving conflicts between religious freedoms and other rights.