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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

PrayFocusJudicialChief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court

Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye was born in October 1959 in Sacramento, California. She graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School. She earned an A.A. from Sacramento City College, a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Cantil was unable to find a job in law, so she became a blackjack dealer in Reno, Nevada.

The Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office had refused to hire her because of her age at the time (25), but later that year, she was recruited to come to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. She left a few years later to become a Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor George Deukmejian.

In 1990, that governor named her as a Judge of the Sacramento Municipal Court. Later Governor Pete Wilson appointed her as a judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court. She served there until Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her as an Associate Justice of the California Third District Court of Appeals. In August 2010, the three-member California Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously approved her nomination as the Chief Justice of California.

She is married to Mark Sakauye, now a retired Sacramento Police Department Lieutenant. They have two daughters.

IN THE NEWS: In its weekly closed-door conference, the Supreme Court of California refused to soften the statewide impact of an April appeals court ruling that found the city of San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rates – common in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California – were unconstitutional because they charged more for water than it cost the city to provide the service. The state Supreme Court without comment rejected the state’s request, thus forcing local and state officials elsewhere to adapt to the ruling’s limitations. But legal experts and water officials say water districts will be able to use tiered rates if they can demonstrate they were closely tied to the cost of providing water services.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


A federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

A federal judge, Dolly Gee in California, has ruled that the Obama Administration’s detention of children with their mothers after they’ve entered the country illegally is a violation of a 1997 court settlement.

Pray for the judges who sit on federal District Court and Appeals Court benches as they rule on cases before them.