The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. Its primary job is to interpret the laws and Constitution of the United States. The Court consists of one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. The nine justices are appointed by the President for life, but they must be approved by the Senate.
- Justice William Douglas holds the distinction of having served on the Court the longest: 36 years and 6 months.
- The “Conference handshake” has been a tradition since the late 19th century, where each justice shakes hands with each of the other eight before they assemble at the Bench each day.
- The Supreme Court Building is now located where the Old Capitol Prison used to be.
- You don’t have to be a lawyer to be on the Supreme Court.