The Pros And Cons Of Supreme Court Judges

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Throughout our history, there has been a concurring question, in which the burden has weighed heavy the shoulders of many citizens. Should Supreme Court judges be elected or appointed? In the process of this debate, a main concern of the overall argument shadows the question that if today’s method of selection is constitutional and publicly acceptable. In order to keep the public content and still have a reliable court system, there are many factors that are taken into place, which is also one of the reasons why the answer to this question has yet to be justified. In addition, there is an equal amount of supporters on either side who each claim their position is the most ethical and reasonable choice. On one side of this equation, there are …show more content…
Within this document, restrictions, guidelines, and advice for appointing judges and for the Judicial Branch as a whole are vaguely stated compared to the Executive and Legislative Branches (“Who Does What”). Article I in the Constitution talks about the Legislative Branch, Article II talks about the Executive Branch, while Article III talks about the Judicial Branch. In comparative length, the third article is much shorter than the initial two and besides stating “the judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their Offices during good behavior” in the third section, there are not many standards set for judges in the U.S. Constitution (“The Constitution”). Because of this, people are ill-informed and it is common for people to think that there are specific guidelines needed in appointing judges that are directly stated in this document when there is …show more content…
Since our form of government is a Democratic-Republic, isn’t it against our own beliefs to have only a small percentage of people, who are specifically in positions of power, make our decisions for us? Democracy means the power to the people, fair elections, etc., so half of what we stand for is taken away through appointment. Yes, we do get to vote in the presidential election and county elections, but if the three branches of government get to play a role in checking and balancing each other, the people should too. In addition, some may question whether elections are a good idea because if you purely rely on the public, running for any position might make things intense between the candidates. Their rhetoric could potentially portray themselves as someone completely opposite of who they are just like politicians, but truth is as stated in the United States Constitution, officials must “maintain good behavior,” (“The Constitution”). Of course, as I previously mentioned, there is not clarification as to what this means, but it can be broken down into an understanding that it is meant to keep the competition and courts clean. Plus, if they are relying on the public to elect them and they can be impeached or convicted, they have to maintain good behavior even after they enter the courthouse unless they want to lose the

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