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The Supreme Court by the Numbers

Fall 2005

215Years since the Supreme Court was established
36Most years served by a Supreme Court justice
15Average length of years of a justice's term
16Number of chief justices the court has had
108Total number of justices the court has had
30Minutes allowed to each side to argue their case
22Average number of months before a new justice is appointed
8Number of justices who have served terms of more than 30 years
9Number of justices on the court, including 1 chief justice
1Number of presidents serving a full term without an appointment (Carter)
10Record number of justices appointed by one president (George Washington)
8Next greatest number of justices appointed by one president (FDR)
7000Approximate number of petitions the court reviews each term
2000Number of petitions the court reviewed each term 50 years ago
100Number of petitions that are granted full review
24Number of cases that might be heard in one sitting
2Number of women who have served as justices
2Number of African Americans who have served as justices
79Average age of a justice upon leaving the court
68Average age of a justice upon leaving the court 3 decades ago
50Age of John Roberts, the nominee for Justice O'Connor's replacement
32Age of the youngest justice ever appointed (Joseph Story, 1811)
90Age of the oldest justice to ever retire (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1932)



  
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This article was provided by Compassion & Choices. It is a part of the publication Compassion & Choices Magazine.
 

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