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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 John W. Sedwick, Visiting Judge, U.S. District Court for Arizona

John W. Sedwick was born in 1946 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, then served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. He later earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and went into the private practice of law in Anchorage, Alaska. He went on to serve as the Director in the Division of Land and Water Management, Department of Natural Resources for the State of Alaska. He returned to private practice.

Sedwick was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the District Court for the District of Alaska, was confirmed by the Senate, and received his commission in October 1992. He served for a period as Chief Judge, before assuming senior status.

IN THE NEWS: U.S. District Judge John Sedwick, in a ruling made public Friday, wrote that Arizona restrictions on gay marriage were “unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law.” Sedwick, visiting from Alaska, declined to stay the ruling pending appeal, meaning gay and lesbian couples in Arizona may be able to swiftly apply for marriage licenses on Friday, if his ruling is not put on hold by a higher court. Arizona lawmakers barred gay marriage in 1996 and later bolstered the restriction by defining marriage as between a man and a woman, which voters inscribed in the state constitution in 2008 when they approved a ballot measure to that effect.

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The Court

Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. was within its rights two years ago to pass along to its customers $283 million in increased capital costs associated with nuclear power plants, the Supreme Court said this week.

Big changes could be coming to cities with red-light cameras after a Florida District Court of Appeals judge said it’s illegal for camera operators to issue citations to drivers in the name of the city.

Pray about the decisions of America’s courts that impact the nation’s pocketbooks.