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Are all Supreme Court Appointments controversial and what is the significance of Bush's two most recent nominations

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AS and A Level Machinery of Justice

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Are all Supreme Court Appointments controversial and what is the significance of Bush's two most recent nominations?

The Justices which make up the Supreme Court are appointed as opposed to elected and therefore they are called into question as a democratic body. "An unelected body of judges possesses the power to declare unconstitutional those legislative acts passed by the people's elected representatives." - Bob McKeever. The fact that they are not politically accountable to the people or their representatives and yet hold extensive powers makes them controversial in a country, which prides itself on being a democratic state. However, the Supreme Court provides an alternative to elected representatives who may work in their best interests, as opposed to those they represent and only hold office for a matter of years. The Justices work independently of this system and therefore it could be suggested that they make the American political system more varied. Their main functions are to resolves conflicts between states, to maintain the national supremacy and to ensure the uniformity of interpretation of national laws.

One of the main reasons the Court is so controversial is because of the amount of power

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