Constitutional Law: Federal Judicial Power: Judicial Review: Political Question

    • Political Question: A non-justiciable issue committed to another branch of government. There are certain types of issues that the federal judiciary will not hear.
      • EX: Real world: Guarantee Clause of Art IV, “Republican form of government”
      • Amendment ratification process = reserved to Congress.
      • Age, residency, citizenship requirements of Members of Congress.
      • Foreign Affairs: Controlled by Congress or POTUS. Judiciary will abstain. EX: Congress passes a law whereby the Secretary of the Treasury can ban importation of goods from Countries engaged in hostile actions with the U.S. Foreign affairs is a nonjustciable political question.