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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


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg was born in March 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended James Madison High School, and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college she enrolled at Harvard Law School, where she was one of only nine women in a class of more than five hundred. Ginsburg later transferred to Columbia Law School where she earned her Bachelor of Laws degree. She has since been awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Willamette University and Princeton University.

Justice Ginsburg was a professor of law at Rutgers University for nine years, before teaching at Columbia, where she became the first tenured woman professor. She co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, and a year later became the ACLU’s General Counsel.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980 and she served there for 13 years. It was President Bill Clinton who nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and within a few months she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 2009, Forbes magazine named her among the 100 Most Powerful Women. Ginsburg underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2009 but returned to the bench soon afterward.

Justice Ginsburg is the widow of the late Martin Ginsburg who died in 2010. They have two children. She is Jewish.

IN THE NEWS: As Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg approaches her 82nd birthday, she has announced no plans to leave her post in the final weeks before Republicans take control of the Senate. It’s a scenario even Ginsburg herself has predicted will leave President Obama unable to get an ideologically similar nominee confirmed. Democrats say they have no reason to believe that Ginsburg can’t help carry the Court’s block of four liberal justices into 2017, the next year that Democrats could possibly control both the Senate and the White House. If Ginsburg had any doubts about her ability to do that, her seat would already be vacant. So Democrats remain hopeful: Both that Ginsburg will remain as vital as they say she is, and that Republicans will enter a confirmation battle with an open mind should the need arise.

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The Court

Judicial Branch Prayer Needs


The Senate is expected to confirm a dozen judicial nominees by the end of this week. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says it is unprecedented for the Senate to vote on district court nominees during the lame-duck session.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a police officer’s mistake of law doesn’t necessarily mean the suspect goes free. The ruling came in a North Carolina case involving a broken brake light and drugs.

Pray for judges nationwide as they rule on matters of freedom, morality and religious practices.