Q: It is a political season so maybe this is exaggerated, but there does seem to be serious discussion about increasing the number of persons who serve on the Supreme Court. Is that just talk or could it really be done?

-N.G., Los Angeles

Ron Sokol 

A: The U.S. Constitution grants Congress with the authority to determine how many justices sit on the Supreme Court. The number has varied from five and ten, but since 1869 has held steady at nine. Bottom line, if Congress increases the number, and the President signs the bill into law, the number sitting as justices on the Supreme Court could change.

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