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How the Supreme Court Works

The U.S. Supreme Court is the nation’s top arbiter of justice. It has the final authority, provided by the Constitution, to hear appeals to most cases judged in the federal system and some decided in state courts. Determining the top representatives of the judicial branch falls to the two other branches of federal government: legislative and executive. Congress sets the number of justices and the president makes appointments. Each nominee must be confirmed by the Senate, which conducts...

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