The judicial branch of government is made up of the court system supreme court the supreme court is the highest court in the country the nine justices are nominated by the president and must be approved by the senate with at least 51 votes other federal courts. When federal judges rule that laws or government actions violate the spirit of the constitution they profoundly shape public policy for example federal judges have declared over 100 federal laws unconstitutional another measure of the supreme courts power is its ability to overrule itself in 1954 the supreme court ruled in brown v. The books chapters detail the courts work in four areas the powers of the judiciary congress president federal government over the states the supreme court and powers of american government second edition begins with a description of federal jurisdiction federal judicial powers and judicial restraint. The supreme court plays a very important role in our constitutional system of government first as the highest court in the land it is the court of last resort for those looking for justice second due to its power of judicial review it plays an essential role in ensuring that each branch of government recognizes the limits of its own power. The supreme court may lose power if the public perceives it as going too far politicians and interest groups criticize even condemn particular decisions they stir up public indignation against the court and individual justices
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