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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

PrayFocusJudicialJustice Susan Owens, Washington Supreme Court

Susan Owens was born in 1949 in Kinston, North Carolina. She attended college at Duke University, and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was admitted to both the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar.

She served as the Quileute Tribe’s Chief Judge for five years and Chief Judge of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for more than six years. She served as a District Court Judge in Western Clallam County, where she was the county’s senior elected official for five terms. In November 2000, she was elected the seventh woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court.

Justice Owens has two children and one grandson.

IN THE NEWS: In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of Washington upheld the entirety of a Proposition that raised the minimum wage in the city of SeaTac to $15 an hour. The court wrote that there was no indication that the law would interfere with airport operations. SeaTac’s minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour in 2014, and increased again to $15.24 this January because it is tied to the consumer price index. A King County judge ruled previously that while the new law did apply to hotel and parking lot workers in SeaTac, it didn’t extend to employees and contractors at the airport. However, the Supreme Court, in a majority opinion written by Justice Susan Owens, said that the state statutes surrounding jurisdiction over the airport were ambiguous. The majority also cited an argument that state laws on minimum wage require that employees receive the most favorable rate, whether set by state, federal or local ordinances. Justice Debra Stephens authored the dissent, which focused on the jurisdiction aspect, stating that the majority’s decision “offends the statute’s plain language” that Port of Seattle has exclusive jurisdiction of the airport.




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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

Government transparency advocates won a significant victory as a federal appeals court ruled the Federal Trade Commission cannot use unreasonably high fees or other means to deny journalists and others access to documents.

The government should be able to punish businesses that do not protect customers’ private information, a decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals said, after large breaches of information has fallen to hackers.

Pray for America’s courts as they decide how far the government can or cannot go in exercising their authority