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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

Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Timothy Michael Tymkovich was born in November 1956 in Denver, Colorado. He received a B.A. from Colorado College and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado College of Law. He clerked at the Colorado Supreme Court before entering the private practice of law in Denver.

He was appointed Solicitor General of the State of Colorado, a post he served for five years, until returning to private practice.

President George W. Bush nominated Tymkovich to the seat on the Tenth Circuit in 2003. He was confirmed by the Senate. He became Chief Judge in October 2015.

 

IN THE NEWS

In June, the Justice Department filed an appeal on behalf of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management challenging a decision from a Wyoming federal judge that ruled a BLM regulation is prohibited under a 2005 law from regulating fracking on federal land. A group of conservative states and oil and natural gas industry groups had filed the original lawsuit challenging the BLM regulations.

On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump promised to roll back the Obama restrictions on fossil fuel development, including fracking. The Trump Administration could direct Justice Department attorneys to stop pursuing the regulation’s appeal, but environmentalists and others involved in the case could keep it going.

The Tenth Circuit has postponed until March 20 the scheduled oral arguments to provide time for the new Trump Justice Department to determine what it is going to do.

 




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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a dispute over the level of special education that public schools must provide to millions of children with disabilities.

The First Amendment is being tested on multiple levels this term before the Supreme Court, including on trademarks, credit-card surcharges, and the free exercise of religion.

Pray for the Justices of our Supreme Court as they deiberate over key cases.