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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

Judge Thomas L. Ambro, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Thomas L. Ambro was born in December 1949 in Cambridge, Ohio. He received both his B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University. After law school, he clerked for Chief Justice Daniel L. Hermann of the Supreme Court of Delaware.

Ambro engaged in the private practice of law in Wilmington, Delaware, for twenty years, where he was a leader in bankruptcy law.

Ambro was appointed to the Third Circuit by President Bill Clinton, and after five months, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and received his judicial commission in February, 2000.


Judge Thomas L. Ambro handed a defeat to the U.S. Justice Department, and marked a victory for the National Rifle Association, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that gun ownership could not be denied to individuals convicted of minor, non-violent crimes. The Third Circuit Court got the cases of two Pennsylvania men when the U.S. Attorney General’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives appealed rulings by U.S. district court judges who favored the two men in their attempt to overcome federal prohibitions to their gun ownership rights.

Judge Ambro concluded in the majority ruling that neither man was convicted of crimes that were serious enough to require forfeiture of their Second Amendment rights. He noted that both men successfully petitioned Pennsylvania courts to remove a state ban to gun ownership in 2009. Both men said they want their gun ownership rights restored so they can buy firearms to protect their families, according to court filings.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs

A federal appeals court panel in Seattle ruled that immigrant children under the threat of deportation may not sue the government for representation as part of a class action.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon gave a “tongue-lashing” to the State Department over their non-cooperation in response to court orders for the release of emails in the Hillary Clinton case.

Pray about the broad expanse that court rulings have, particularly in political matters.