Question by  melanie1134206 (2)

Why are federal judges appointed for life?


Answer by  malone (4817)

Federal judges are not appointed for life. Supreme Court judges are appointed for life or until they resign. They are appointed for life, and thus are not subject to make decisions based on concerns for their positions. No one can remove them from office.


Answer by  A36 (629)

This ensures an independent judiciary system. Since judges don't have to run for re-election, they are not affiliated with a party and they can decide based on the letter of the law rather than worrying about the perception of their opinions by the electorate.


Answer by  nuttree (1596)

The writers of the U.S. Constitution gave Federal judges lifetime appointments so they would be free to make unpopular decisions, when necessary, without fearing retaliation from Congress or the President.

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