Meet the Supreme Court. There are nine Justices on the Supreme Court, but how did they get there?
When a Supreme Court Justice dies or retires, there is a seat open on the Court. The President of the United States chooses a person to fill the seat. This is called a nomination and the person is called a nominee. After the president nominates someone, the Senate takes a vote to confirm the nominee as a Justice of the Supreme Court. If a majority of the Senate votes to confirm, the nominee takes an oath of office, and becomes a Justice of the Supreme Court.
In this section you will learn more about the current Justices of the Supreme Court – what they were like growing up, how they became interested in the law, and eventually how they made it to the Supreme Court!
Photograph from The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.