Supreme Court

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.

Interesting Facts:

  • 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.


Supreme Court of the United States

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.