Judicial Branch

Chapter 7
Appealing the Court of Appeals’ Decision to the Supreme Court  

The losing side in the Court of Appeals can take their case “up” one more level: to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the country.

Yeah, yeah, I know… You want to be a Supreme Court judge. Well, the first thing you need to know is that you won’t be called a judge up there, because judges on the Supreme Court are called justices.

There are only nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Each one is hand-picked by the President of the United States and voted on by the Senate.

The best thing about being on the U.S. Supreme Court is that when you make a decision, it’s the supreme law of the land. That means as a Supreme Court justice, you’ll have a huge responsibility.

When you make a decision, you can’t just think about the two people involved in that one case. You’ll have to think about how your decision will affect everyone in the country who’s in a similar situation.

Of course, no matter what kind of judge you are, people still have to stand when you enter the courtroom, and they’re supposed to call you “Your Honor.” You know—that sounds pretty good.