How many Supreme Court Justices are currently presiding over the court?
Answer: The Supreme Court has had only eight justices for nearly a year, since Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death. The Court normally consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President. However, the court currently has eight justices and one vacancy after the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The current nominee to fill Justice Scalia’s seat is Neil Gorsuch, who was named by President Donald Trump Tuesday night at the White House.
The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest federal court of the United States. Established pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution in 1789, it has ultimate (and largely discretionary) appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over state court cases involving issues of federal law, plus original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. In the legal system of the United States, the Supreme Court is the final interpreter of federal constitutional law, although it may only act within the context of a case in which it has jurisdiction.