What is the judiciary?

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The judiciary is another term for the judicial branch of government.  This is the branch of government whose main task is to interpret laws that are made by the other branches of government.  The judiciary cannot, on its own, make laws.  It does have a great deal of impact on the legal system because it has the ability to say what the laws mean when a dispute arises, but the judiciary cannot legislate.  In many countries, there are disputes about how independent the judiciary should be.  Some people feel that it should be very independent of the elected branches, but others worry that this can go too far and the judiciary can have excessive power.

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