Do You Have What It Takes?

By Jolene Pern

"Equal Justice under Law" ~Motto of Judicial Branch~

Can YOU be a judge in the Judicial Branch?

Do you have what it takes to be a fair, experienced judge for America's national crimes?

WHO IS IN THE JUDICIAL BRANCH?

The Judicial Branch is made up of the Supreme Court and other federal courts. The justices in the Supreme Court are below.

HOW CAN YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

To become a justice of the Supreme Court, you must be nominated by the President, and then approved by the Senate. The Senate will look for a reasonable age and experience in judging. They also check to see to make sure you don't have criminal records.

WHAT DOES THE JUDICIAL BRANCH DO?

The Judicial Branch has the honor of:


-making decisions of national importance importance

-interpret and explain the Constitution

-judge whether the federal, state, and local governments are acting within law

-deciding if one of the President's actions is unconstitutional

-making final decisions that cannot be questioned or changed like in lower courts


Types of Cases:



  • only the most important cases
  • usually concerns basic freedoms and civil rights protected by the Bill of Rights
  • SO IMPORTANT that the whole nation pays close attention to their decision
  • For example, in 1954, the Supreme Court was faced with the decision on whether schools should be permitted to segregate public schools based on race. The Supreme Court decided to outlaw this.

So, have you decided? DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?