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Selection of Federal Judges

According to the U.S.Constitution, the president shall nominate and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint Supreme Court justices as well as federal judges at all levels—both appellate and trial judges.

The most important qualification required for a federal judge is legal training and experience.  A candidate’s religion, region, race and sex are additional factors considered by presidents trying to achieve a balanced court.  Moreover,  most presidents prefer people on the court who share their philosophy about government, the law, and the Constitution.

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