The United States Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the country and leads the federal judiciary. It consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight Associate Justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Supreme Court is vested with the constitutional authority to interpret and decide issues regarding federal law, including the United States Constitution. Its decisions set precedents that all other courts in the U.S. must follow, establishing it as the final arbiter of law in the country. It holds a pivotal role in maintaining the balance of powers, safeguarding individual rights, and ensuring the adherence to the rule of law.