highest judicial body in US
supreme court leads the _________
how many justices are there?
how many associate justices are there?
who nominates judges for the supreme court?
who must approve judges for the supreme court?
advice and consent
nominees become supreme court judges with the _____ and _____ of the senate.
senate judiciary committee
who hears the testimony of supreme court judge nominees?
how long is a supreme judge appointed for?
has a supreme court judge ever been impeached
when they believe they'll be replaced with a like-minded judge
when do most supreme court judges retire?
what type of court is the supreme court mainly?
court that hears cases other courts have heard before
does the supreme court hear criminal cases?
what type of cases does the supreme court hear?
1. interpreting federal law 2. to correct a previous ruling 3. review rulings of lower courts
what 3 reasons does the supreme court serve?
around how many cases does the supreme court typically hear a year?
how many cases are usually petitioned to the supreme court each year?
how many appeals courts are there?
what is the middle level of the federal court system?
how many district courts are there?
what is the lowest level of the federal court system?
the accusing party
1. decides where courts should go 2. allocates funds
2 ways congress uses checks and balances over judicial branch
are military courts part of the federal court system?
are lawyers who represent the government part of the department of justice?
how political is the court?
support rights of the accused
against expansion of police powers
support civil rights
support women's rights
support gay rights
allow environmental regulations
smaller scope of presidential authority
stricter about separation of church and state
support power of the police
not as supportive of rights of the accused
favor death penalty
favor military deference
not supportive of women's rights
not supportive of gay rights
approve of state involvement in religion
larger scope of presidential authority
rend to favor property rights over environmental protection
john roberts' political leaning
samuel alito's political leaning
ruth bader-ginsberg's political leaning
anthony kennedey's political leaning
antonin scalia's political leaning
sonia sotomayor's political leaning
elaina kagan's political leaning
clarence thomas' political leaning
liberal to moderate
stephen breyer's political leaning
1. samuel alito 2. ruth bader-ginsberg 3. anthony kennedy 4. antonin scalia 5. sonia sotomayor 6. elaina kagan 7. clarence thomas 8. stephen breyer
8 associate justices
1. samuel alito 2. antonin scalia 3. clarence thomas 4. john roberts 5. anthony kennedey
5 conservative justices
1. ruth bader-ginsberg 2. elaina kagan 3. steven breyer 4. sonia sotomayor
4 liberal justices