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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

Judge Cheryl Ann Krause, U.S. Court of Appeals for teh Third Circuit

Cheryl Ann Krause was born in January 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School. After graduating she clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Krause worked as a lecturer and visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, and then entered into a private law practice for two years. She then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York before to Pennsylvania where she was once again in private practice. She also taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

President Barack Obama nominated Krause to serve as a United States Circuit Judge for Third Circuit. Her nomination was approved by the Senate by a vote of 93-0 and she received her judicial commission in July 2014.

 

IN THE NEWS

Any guarantees of company-paid health care expired when a union-negotiated labor contract expired, according to an opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

The decision backs a lower court finding hat retirees from a Pennsylvania company’s plant had no vested – or lifetime – guarantee for uncapped health care coverage. The ruling affects an undetermined number of former workers. Any terms regarding health insurance coverage negotiated in union contracts were not specifically vested. The judge found that means the guarantees did not survive when the union contracts expired.




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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

A federal judge has ruled that a memorial cross erected in 1941 in a Pensacola, Florida, park violates the law and must be taken down despite a lot of public support.

The Supreme Court ruled that several high-ranking Bush administration officials may not be sued for policies developed after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Pray for wisdom for the Supreme Court as they conclude their current session.