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The Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases in which the sentence exceeds certain minimum sentences, in civil cases as to final judgments, and for certain other orders of the Court of Chancery, Superior Court, and Family Court. Appeals are heard on written record generated in the lower courts. Under some circumstances, the Supreme Court has jurisdiction to issue specialized legal documents ordering or prohibiting some action. The Court consists of a Chief Justice and four Justices, who are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The justices are appointed for 12 year terms, must be educated in the law, and must be citizens of the State. As Administrative head of the courts in Delaware, the Chief Justice, in consultation with other justices, sets administrative policy for the court system. The Supreme Court admits lawyers who pass the Bar Exam to the Delaware Bar and regulates the practice of law in Delaware.