High Court Hearings Begin for Brett Kavanaugh

September 4, 2018
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High Court Hearings

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

91% of U.S. likely voters agree Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions impact everyday life, yet 65% can’t name Pres. Trump’s 2nd SCOTUS nominee, according to a recent C-SPAN survey.

What To Expect

Why Have Hearings?

  • President has power to nominate, but Senate must confirm.
  • During the hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee will ask Kavanaugh about his judicial philosophy to get an idea of how he *might* rule in the future.
  • Expect to hear about big issues: abortion, presidential powers, etc.



  • A total of 113 justices have served on the Supreme Court.
  • Justices serve for life. Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment, mandated by the constitution.
  • Kavanaugh: theA 163rd nominee since SCOTUS was established in 1789; not all nominees became justices incl. Merrick Garland in 2016.


  • In 2017, the Senate changed its rules to allow confirmation by a simple majority (51 of 100) instead of needing 60 votes.
  • GOP will have a 51-49 majority going into the confirmation vote; Kavanaugh may get “Yes” votes from Democrats as well.

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How long will Kavanaugh's hearing last? Last year, hearings for Neil Gorsuch lasted four days. Since 1946, hearing last on average 4 or more days.

by Jenna Lee,