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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 Frank Easterbrook, U. S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Frank Hoover Easterbrook was born in Buffalo, New York in September 1948. He attended Kenmore West High School in Tonawanda, New York, and received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago School of Law. He joined the office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and was promoted four years later to Deputy Solicitor General of the United States.

Following his tenure there, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, and remains a senior lecturer there today.

Easterbrook was nominated to the court by Ronald Reagan. The Senate did not act on his nomination, and he was re-nominated by Reagan a second time and was confirmed by the Senate in April 1985.

He is married to Barbara Englert Easterbrook.

IN THE NEWS: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s election campaign activities have been the subject of an investigation in a case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. When it comes to federal courts dictating to states about criminal investigations or anything else, Judge Frank Easterbrook said what precedent demands is, “Be modest. Be careful.” He also said, "We have to assume the Wisconsin judiciary knows Wisconsin law. You are asking us to… override Wisconsin law" about keeping investigative records secret. In a court filing, prosecutors decried the lower-court ruling halting their investigation, saying it gave too much weight to the interests of well-funded, politically minded groups and not enough to the public interest.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs



A federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law and called on the state to enforce the requirement in the coming mid-term elections in November.

A University of Utah student wrote a poem to his professor filled with threats and hate. A federal appeals court found that he was within his rights to do so and that merely threatening isn’t necessarily a crime.

Pray for wisdom for the judges who sit on the nation’s appeals courts and other lower courts.