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supreme court
highest judicial body in US
federal judiciary
supreme court leads the _________
9
how many justices are there?
8
how many associate justices are there?
president
who nominates judges for the supreme court?
senate
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?
life
how long is a supreme judge appointed for?
no
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?
appellate court
what type of court is the supreme court mainly?
appellate court
court that hears cases other courts have heard before
no
does the supreme court hear criminal cases?
unconstitutional laws
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?
100
around how many cases does the supreme court typically hear a year?
7000
how many cases are usually petitioned to the supreme court each year?
13
how many appeals courts are there?
appeals courts
what is the middle level of the federal court system?
94
how many district courts are there?
district courts
what is the lowest level of the federal court system?
petitioner
the accusing party
1. decides where courts should go 2. allocates funds
2 ways congress uses checks and balances over judicial branch
yes
are military courts part of the federal court system?
yes
are lawyers who represent the government part of the department of justice?
theoretically neutral
how political is the court?
liberal
anti-death penalty
liberal
pro-choice
liberal
support rights of the accused
liberal
against expansion of police powers
liberal
support civil rights
liberal
support women's rights
liberal
support gay rights
liberal
allow environmental regulations
liberal
smaller scope of presidential authority
liberal
stricter about separation of church and state
conservative
support power of the police
conservative
not as supportive of rights of the accused
conservative
favor death penalty
conservative
favor military deference
conservative
not supportive of women's rights
conservative
not supportive of gay rights
conservative
approve of state involvement in religion
conservative
larger scope of presidential authority
conservative
pro-life
conservative
rend to favor property rights over environmental protection
john roberts
chief justice
conservative
john roberts' political leaning
conservative
samuel alito's political leaning
liberal
ruth bader-ginsberg's political leaning
conservative
anthony kennedey's political leaning
conservative
antonin scalia's political leaning
liberal
sonia sotomayor's political leaning
liberal
elaina kagan's political leaning
conservative
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
clerk
justice's assistant