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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 W. Eugene Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

William Eugene Davis was born in 1936 in Winfield, Alabama. He attended Samford University, and after three years there, received a scholarship to Tulane University Law School from which he earned his J.D. without ever having received an undergraduate degree. Davis engaged in the private practice of law in New Orleans and New Iberia, Louisiana, frequently representing the oil and gas industries.

Davis was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, where he served until receiving a nomination from President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in November 1983.

Judge Davis is married.

IN THE NEWS: A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that several immigration agents and the State of Mississippi lacked legal standing to sue over President Obama’s 2002 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because evidence that the agents or the state would be harmed by the effort was too speculative. “Neither Mississippi nor the Agents have alleged a sufficiently concrete and particularized injury that would give Plaintiffs standing to challenge ACA,” Judge W. Eugene Davis wrote in an opinion, joined by Judges Carolyn King and Priscilla Owen. Davis noted that the only evidence of damages was a 2006 study showing social service costs and other state expenditures in Mississippi increased more than $25 million a year due to illegal immigration generally, not specific to the Obama program. The ruling also notes that focusing deportation efforts might relieve some burdens on the state.

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Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hold an unusual oral argument session Thursday on the question of whether to stay a judge’s order blocking President Obama from carrying out new immigration executive orders.

The Supreme Court’s historic hearing later this month over same-sex marriage is sparking fresh battles as opponents try to limit the impact of what they fear will be an unfavorable decision by the Court.

Pray that God would grant His wisdom to the nine Justices of the Supreme Court as they argue merits of gay marriage.