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What's one enumerated power the legislative branch has over the courts?

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nikkit16 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM via web

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What's one enumerated power the legislative branch has over the courts?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM (Answer #1)

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Enumerated powers are powers that are specifically given to a branch of the government by the Constitution.  Each branch has been given powers that allow it to have some control over the other branches of government.  We tend to refer to these as “checks and balances.” 

The legislature does have some powers that allow it to have control over the courts.  One of these is the fact that the Senate (one part of the legislative branch) gets to vote on whether to approve the nominations of federal judges.  This gives it power over who gets to be part of the courts.  Another power is that the legislature has the power to impeach judges.

These are two of the enumerated powers that the legislative branch holds over the courts.

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