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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

PrayFocusJudicialChief Judge Sharon Prost, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Sharon Prost was born in May 1951 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She received a B.S. from Cornell University, an MBA from George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law. She also earned an L.L.M. from George Washington University Law School.

She worked as an attorney at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the National Labor Relations Board. She also served as a lawyer at the Senate Judiciary Committee for eight years, lastly as Chief Counsel.

She was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2001 by President George W. Bush, and was confirmed by a 97-0 vote in the Senate. Prost was Bush’s first appointment to the Federal Circuit. In May 2014, Prost was named Chief Judge.

IN THE NEWS: Traditionally the International Trade Commission focused on stopping the importation of physical copyrighted goods such as movies, publishing, and music. But last year in a case about digital devices, it took the unprecedented step of saying it could also prohibit infringing digital material from crossing the U.S. border. But the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit put the brakes on that approach, ruling the ITC didn’t have the authority over the digital realm. “The commission’s decision to expand the scope of its jurisdiction to include electronic transmissions of digital data runs counter to the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress,” Chief Judge Sharon Prost wrote for the majority in a 2-1 ruling. A concurring judge said the lawmakers likely wouldn’t have wanted the ITC regulating the internet because the commission “has no expertise in developing nuanced rules to ensure the internet remains an open platform for all.” It is unclear whether the case will be further appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


The number of lawsuits filed over delinquent student loans made by private lenders has increased significantly in the last two years, with several thousand of them coming since 2013, and coming more frequently.

“Members of Congress and Congressional employees are not exempt from the insider trading prohibition arising under securities law,” Judge Paul Gardephe said, adding they must also obey SEC subpoenas.

Pray about the members of Congress who are alleged to have profited from insider trading and the health care law.