What is Politics?


FRQ #4 (Judicial branch)

Posted in FRQ by bleedingh3art on February 28, 2007

The Chief Justice is one of the most influential people in America. He has many important roles, and at the same time is hardly even mentioned in the Constitution. One of his main rolls is serving as presiding officer of the Senate during an impeachment trial of the President. The Chief Justice is the most visible and recognizable of the Supreme Court justices.

The Chief Justice is only talked about once in the Constitution. It only says that if the president is tried, the Chief Justice must act as judge for the trial. Besides that, he isn’t mentioned, witch leaves a lot of shaping of his role to Congress.

What does the Chief Justice actually do? Besides the 100 or so court cases he acts as a judge to every year, he has many other important duties. For example, The Chief Justice approves appointments and salaries of some court employees. He also Directs the publications of Supreme Court Opinions, and approves the rules of the Supreme Court library. These are just a few of the 53 duties the Chief Justice has.

There are many important duities and roles that a Chief Justice must fulfill, the most important of all, acting as judge for an impeachment. Along with the publicity, he also has to bear the weight of important court cases, and possible criticism they could create.

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