n. the term prevails in USA for the members of the United States Supreme Court court other than the Chief Justice. Although they have same powers as Chief Justice in deciding cases, but in drafting opinions, the Chief Justice gets to assign who gets to write the opinion in a case when the Chief is in the majority, thus having an additional influence in case disposition. Administrative responsibilities of The Chief Justice are a bit higher, and hence are their rank and the salary they draw from the state are higher than those of Justices. Their number is eight as decided by an act of US Congress. Associate Justices are nominated for service by the President of the United States and they serve all their life till retirement, voluntary retirement or impeachment.

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