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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

PrayFocusJudicialJudge David Hamilton, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

David Frank Hamilton was born in July 1957 in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He performed graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tubingen n Germany. He was a law clerk at the Seventh Circuit before entering private practice in Indianapolis.

He served several years as legal counsel to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, returning to private practice. During his time in private practice, Hamilton frequently did pro bono work for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.

President Bill Clinton nominated Hamilton to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, where he went on to become Chief Judge. In March, 2009, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Hamilton to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Circuit, formally nominating him a month later. The Senate voted to approve his nomination in a 59-39 vote in November of that year.

IN THE NEWS: The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that an exemption provided by President Barack Obama’s Administration allows Notre Dame to avoid directly paying for contraceptives, and therefore doesn’t force the school to violate its religious beliefs. Notre Dame contends that the law forces it to violate Catholic doctrine, which bans most forms of birth control, by coming conduits to purchasing contraceptives. Judge David Hamilton noted that granting the school’s requested preliminary injunction would “temporarily cut off contraceptive coverage for hundreds of thousands of women.” A Notre Dame spokesman said that the university was reviewing the 50-page opinion and “weighing our options.” Notre Dame is among more than a dozen schools and religious nonprofits that have challenged the government’s accommodation provision that allows the groups to shift payment of contraceptives elsewhere. The university contends that even if it doesn’t have to pay the cost for the health insurance provider covering the costs of the contraceptives, the regulation imposes a substantial burden on the school by forcing it to “indemnity and contract with a third party willing to provide the very services Notre Dame deems objectionable.”




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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

PRAY FOR OUR JUDICIARY

A federal appeals court refused to allow one of President Obama’s signature immigration proposals to go forward, throwing into doubt whether the executive action program will even begin before the President leaves office.

The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether state legislative districts must have roughly equal numbers of legal voters rather than overall populations in a case brought by Texas where many areas are filled with illegal immigrants.

Pray about the issues of illegal immigration which are before America’s courts and for wisdom for the jurists.