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  1. 1. Longman PoliticalScienceInteractive Magleby & Light Government by the People Chapter 14 The Judiciary: The Balancing BranchCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  2. 2. The Supreme Court’s Shift to the Right When Sandra Day O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court, a pivotal swing vote disappeared George W. Bush’s appointments of Samuel Alito and John Roberts shifted the Court to the right Example: 2007 decision to strike down as unconstitutional the use of race in assigning pupils to individual public schoolsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  3. 3. Understanding the Federal Judiciary The Framers viewed the federal judiciary as an important check against Congress and the president But the judiciary has no influence over the “sword” or the “purse” Judicial power is ensured via: – Insulation from public opinion – Insulation from the rest of governmentCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  4. 4. Judicial Review The power of a court to refuse to enforce a law or government regulation that, in the opinion of the judges, conflicts with the U.S. Constitution or, in a state court, the state constitution Only a constitutional amendment or a later Supreme Court can modify the Court’s decisionsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  5. 5. Adversary System The Adversarial The Inquisitorial System System Judges serve as Judges take an relatively passive active role in and detached discovering andreferees who do not evaluating evidence, argue with will question attorneys or witnesses, andchallenge evidence intervene as deemed necessaryCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  6. 6. Adversary System Court of law is a neutral arena where two parties argue their differences The federal government brings criminal cases The federal judiciary decides the casesCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  7. 7. Types of Legal Disputes Criminal Law Civil law – Crimes against the – Relations between public order individuals, and their – Liberty is at stake legal rights – Right to government- – Typically monetary provided attorneys punishment – Right to trial by juryCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  8. 8. The Scope of Judicial Power Judicial power is passive and reactive Power only to decide justiciable disputes – Harm must have been done – Case must be ripe – Case cannot be moot – Case cannot be politicalCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  9. 9. Prosecuting Cases U.S. Department of Justice – Led by attorney general – Assisted by solicitor general – Provides public defendersCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  10. 10. Types of Federal Courts Article III (Constitutional) Versus Article I (Legislative) Courts Original Jurisdiction Appellate JurisdictionThe authority of a court The authority of a court to hear a case “in the to review decisions first instance” made by lower courtsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  11. 11. Level One: District Courts District courts hear nearly 258,000 civil cases and more than 68,000 criminal cases annually Use both grand juries and petit juries District judges are appointed by the president, subject to confirmation by the Senate, and hold office for lifeCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  12. 12. Level Two: Circuit Courts of Appeals The 11 U.S. Judicial CircuitsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  13. 13. Level Three: The Supreme CourtCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  14. 14. Judicial Federalism: State and Federal CourtsDual court system Two court systems, state and federal,exist and operate atthe same time in the same geographic areasCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  15. 15. The Politics of Appointing Federal Judges No Constitutional requirementsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  16. 16. Making the Initial ChoicesArticle II:--President has power to appoint--Senate has power of advice and consent Senatorial courtesy Chief Justice John Roberts (far right) congratulates Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. at his swearing-in Copyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc., Publishing as Longman ceremony as a new member of the
  17. 17. Senate Advice and Consent Senate Confirmation Hearings Except for Robert Bork, most judicial nominees have refused to answer questions that might reveal how they would decide a caseCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  18. 18. The Role of Party, Race, and Gender Since FDR, only 10 percent of judicial appointments have gone to candidates of the opposition party Jimmy Carter brought increased diversity to the lower courts Ronald Reagan appointed fewer minorities, but was the first to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court Nearly 50 percent of Bill Clinton’s appointees were women and minorities Roughly 32 percent of George W. Bush’s nominees have been women and minoritiesCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  19. 19. The Role of Judicial PhilosophyCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  20. 20. Reform of the Selection Process The lengthy and embattled confirmation hearings of Robert Bork (1987) and Clarence Thomas (1991) led many to ask if the confirmation process was in need of reformCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  21. 21. How Do Cases Rise to the Supreme Court?Copyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  22. 22. The Eight Steps to Judgment Reviewing appeals Meeting in – Writ of certiorari conference – In forma pauperis Explaining the – Docket decision Granting the appeal – Opinions of the Court Briefing the case – Dissenting opinion – Amicus curiae briefs – Concurring opinion Holding the oral Writing the opinion argument Releasing the opinionCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  23. 23. The Supreme Court DocketCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  24. 24. Influences on Supreme Court Decisions: The Chief Justice Appointed by the president upon confirmation by the Senate Responsible for assigning judges to committees, responding to proposed legislation that affects the judiciary, and delivering the annual Report on the State of the Judiciary Former Chief Justice William H. RehnquistCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  25. 25. Influences on Supreme Court Decisions: Law Clerks Chosen by each justice Increased number over time, leading to longer and more elaborate opinions Debate over how much influence on Court decisionsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  26. 26. Influences on Supreme Court Decisions: The Solicitor General Represents the federal government before the Supreme Court Files amicus curiae briefs in cases in which the federal government is not a partyCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  27. 27. Influences on Supreme Court Decisions: Citizens and Interested Parties Also may file amicus curiae briefs Increasingly used to counter the positions of the solicitor general and the governmentCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  28. 28. After the Court Decides Sometimes remands the case Uncertain effect on individuals who are not immediate parties to the suit Decisions are sometimes ignored Difficult to implement decisions requiring the cooperation of large numbers of officialsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  29. 29. Limits on Judicial Action: Adherence to Precedent Stare Decisis The rule of precedent, whereby a rule or law contained in a judicial decision is commonly viewed as binding on judges whenever the same question is presentedCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  30. 30. Limits on Judicial Action: Congress and the President Changing the numbers Changing the jurisdictionCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman
  31. 31. Debating the Proper Role of the Courts An independent judiciary is a hallmark of a constitutional democracy and a free society Yet, judicial independence is often criticized when judges make unpopular decisionsCopyright 2009 Pearson Education, Inc.,Publishing as Longman

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