JUDICIAL BRANCH

this branch determines if laws are constitutional; Supreme Court

SUPREME COURT

judges serve a life term; can declare laws unconstitutional; Chief Justice oversees the impeachment trial of the President by the Senate

CHECKS AND BALANCES

each branch has powers to control the other branches; this is to make sure no one branch becomes too powerful

SEPARATION OF POWERS

each branch has certain powers or jobs assigned to them by the constitution

FEDERALISM

some powers are granted to the
Federal/National government and some powers are granted to the States/Local government

AMENDMENTS

these are changes made to the constitution

BILL OF RIGHTS

the first 10 amendments to the constitution that protect the rights of the people - added to get ratification

LIVING DOCUMENT

the Constitution is an example because it always changes and adapts to fit the needs of the people for the current time

ELASTIC CLAUSE

Section 8 Power 18 allows the government to do anything necessary and proper so it can stretch the constitution

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