The Selection of Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges: Process & Tenure


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How many justices are there in the United States Supreme Court?

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1. You have plenty of responsibilities regarding the stability of the political and legal system of the United States. Formally, one of your tasks is nominating federal judges. Which of the following are you?

2. Once nominated, a candidate for federal judgeship must be confirmed. Which of the following steps is necessary for the candidate's confirmation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Federal court judges and Supreme Court justices are not elected, but are appointed. This selection process is addressed in this assessment, including appointments and confirmation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the:

  • Current number of Supreme Court justices and federal judges
  • Individual or group responsible for nominating federal judges
  • Meaning of the confirmation of a judge
  • Length of a federal judge's term on the bench

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about how a federal judge is nominated
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately recognize characteristics and facts related to main phrases, such as federal judges and Supreme Court justices
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and interpret information regarding the service term of federal judges

Additional Learning

Learn more about federal judges and Supreme Court justices with the accompanying lesson called The Selection of Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges: Process & Tenure. This following objectives will be addressed:

  • Differentiate between the selection process of state, municipal and federal judges
  • Know the participation of the American Bar Association in the appointment of federal judges
  • Understand who appoints federal judges and Supreme Court justices
  • Define how a federal judge may be removed from or leave the bench
  • Explain the differences between the confirmation process for federal judges and for Supreme Court Justices