What role does the Supreme Court play in the checks and balances system

What role does the Supreme Court play in the checks and balances system

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Question 6 What role does the Supreme Court play in the checks and balances system? The Court consists of nine Justices: the Chief Justice of the United States and eight Associate Justices . The Justices are nominated by the President and confirmed with the " advice and consent " of the Senate . As federal judges, the Justices serve during "good behavior," meaning they essentially serve for life and can be removed only by resignation, or by impeachment and subsequent conviction. In the checks and balances system, the Supreme Court interprets the laws in regards to the Constitution. The Constitution does not explicitly grant the Supreme Court the power of judicial review ; but, the power of the Supreme Court to overturn laws and executive actions it deems unlawful or unconstitutional is a well-established practice. There are two ways in which a case can be referred to the Supreme Court. The first is a direct appeal from the lower federal courts if a constitutional issue is deemed to be involved. The second way is by petition. This means that the records of a case in a lower federal court are sent to the Supreme Court for
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLITICS 100 taught by Professor - during the Spring '08 term at Creighton.

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What role does the Supreme Court play in the checks and balances system

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