The Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court The Constitution establishes the Supreme Court as the highest court in the federal system, and its  decisions are the supreme law of the land. The Court currently consists of nine members — one  Chief Justice and eight associate justices. Two types of cases come to the Supreme Court: appeals  from the courts of appeal (here the Court is said to have  appellate jurisdiction ) and cases involving  original jurisdiction.  As specified in Article III, Section 2, these cases are disputes involving the states  or diplomatic personnel from other countries.  The appointment of federal judges The president appoints all federal judges, including the justices of the Supreme Court, for a life term. 
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Unformatted text preview: The American Bar Association, the national organization of attorneys, rates candidates for the federal bench on a scale ranging from "exceptionally well qualified" to "not qualified." However, the president is under no obligation to pay any attention to the ratings. Federal judges are confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate, often following hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Federal judges may be impeached and removed from office if found guilty of the charges. Judges in the district courts and courts of appeal are required to live within the geographical boundaries of their courts....
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