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The Supreme Court consists of nine justices including a chief justice appointed to life terms by the president with the consent of the Senate. It has appellate jurisdiction over the lower federal… Scope and jurisdiction The Supreme Court was created by the Constitutional Convention of as the head of a federal court system, though it was not formally established until Congress passed the Judiciary Act in In suits affecting ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls and in cases in which states are a party, the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction—i.
From to the court comprised six justices. In a seventh justice was added, followed by an eighth and a ninth in and a tenth in The size of the court has sometimes been subject to political manipulation; for example, in Congress provided for the gradual reduction through attrition of the court to seven justices to ensure that President Andrew Johnsonwhom the House of Representatives later impeached and the Senate only narrowly acquitted, could not appoint a new justice.
The number of justices reached eight before Congress, after Johnson had left office, adopted new legislation setting the number at nine, where it has remained ever since.
In the s President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to consider legislation which it subsequently rejected that would have allowed the president to appoint an additional justice for each member of the court aged 70 years or older who refused to retire. The Old Supreme Court Chamber, where the court sat from to The Senate Judiciary Committee ordinarily conducts hearings on nominations to the Supreme Court, and a simple majority of the full Senate is required for confirmation.
When the position of chief justice is vacant, the president may appoint a chief justice from outside the court or elevate an associate justice to the position. In either case a simple majority of the Senate must approve the appointment. Members of the Supreme Court are appointed for life terms, though they may be expelled if they are impeached by the House of Representatives and convicted in the Senate.
Only one justice has been impeached, Samuel Chasewho was acquitted in In Abe Fortas resigned under threat of impeachment for alleged financial improprieties unrelated to his duties on the court. As the country grew in size, and in the absence of intermediate appellate courts, the volume of cases awaiting review increased, and fidelity to Supreme Court precedents varied significantly among the lower courts.
To remedy this problem, Congress passed the Circuit Court of Appeals Actwhich established nine intermediate courts with final authority over appeals from federal district courts, except when the case in question was of exceptional public importance.
Further changes were enacted inwhen Congress passed legislation that required the Supreme Court to hear appeals of cases involving legislative reapportionment and federal civil rights and antitrust laws.
Currently, there are 12 geographic judicial circuits and a court of appeals for the federal circuit, located in Washington, D. Roughly 98 percent of federal cases end with a decision by one of the lower appellate courts. Procedures and power The Supreme Court, which now enjoys almost exclusive discretion in determining its caseload, hears about cases per term, which begins by statute set in on the first Monday in October and typically ends in late June though from to the court began its term on the second Monday in October.
Each year the court receives some 7, certiorari requests. Bronze entrance doors to the Supreme Court of the United States. Once the decision to hear a case has been made, lower-court records and briefs are delivered to the court and oral arguments are scheduled.
Interested third parties also may submit their opinions to the court by filing an amicus curiae Latin: With rare exceptions the petitioners and respondents are each allotted 30 minutes of time to present their arguments to the court. The justices hear neither witnesses nor evidence. Each side in the case attempts to persuade the justices that the Constitution should be interpreted in a manner that supports its point of view.
The decision-making process involves two major judgments. First, in a vote that is usually kept secret, the justices decide the merits of the case; then they issue the official written decision of the court.Jun 28, · The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same.
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