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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 Kristine Baker, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Kristine Gerhard Baker was born in March 1971 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She received a BA from Saint Louis University, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

She served as a law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and then entered into the private practice of law focusing on commercial litigation, employment law, and first amendment litigation.

She was nominated to be a District Judge by President Barack Obama, and was approved by the Senate. She received her commission in May 2012.

IN THE NEWS: In May, a panel with the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed the order of a lower court that lifted the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. That meant the issuing of marriage licenses for same-sex couples was put on hold until the justices could fully consider the case. The matter is now once again before the Arkansas Supreme Court with a hearing date set for November 20. However, on the same date, in the federal court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the same matter will be heard by Judge Kristine Baker. The Arkansas Supreme Court hearing is at 9:30 a.m., and the hearing before Judge Baker at 1:30 p.m. Federal courts have ruled, with a single district court exception, that state bans on same-sex marriage and the failure of states to grant rights to people legally married in other states cannot stand.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


A judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, has denied a petition of civil rights advocates to force the Secretary of State to process an estimated 40,000 voter registrations that have gone missing from the public database.

The abrupt retirement of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice caught up in a government pornographic email scandal is likely to leave the high court without a tie-breaking vote for the rest of the year.

Pray for wisdom for the judges and justices who sit on the nation’s state courts.