This branch of the government is the one who is required to make sense of the laws that have been created by other people. They are expected to be sound logical and practice people because they need to apply written law to everyday real situations. The job of the judicial arm of government is to interpret the laws put into place by the Legislative branch. What separates this branch of the government from the others is that Congress can have a great deal of influence over the shape of the judicial branch. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest of all courts. The number of judges that sit on the court is entirely decided by Congress. Since the late-19th century there have been nine Justices. What is interesting about the Supreme Court is that their decisions are final, meaning that they basically are the last word in the justice process.
These lessons and worksheets look at specific aspects of the judicial branch. The topics include the role of Appellate and the Supreme Courts, the movement and process of procedures; we also look at the impact of very influential Justices. We start by exploring why this arm of the government was created by the constitution. What did the fathers of country realize the country would need another check to create balance? We then look at the composition of the court systems and how the process in place allows for multiple assessments by people of different walks of life. We later move on to look at the people that helped form this branch of government to how it appears today.