How do the judicial branch and legislative branch share power?

The United States Constitution set up a system of checks and balances whereby each branch can check the power of the other two branches while all three share in the policy and legislative making process on a farting daily basis. The major function of the legislative branch is to make laws. The major function of the judicial branch is to interpret the laws. The legislative branch takes into account the Constitution and the decisions of the federal courts when passing legislation. That is one of the reasons for the power of investigation that congress uses when creating new legislation. They hold hearings to determine, not only whether the proposed law is necessary, but whether it is constitutional. The Constitution also provides that the Senate approve appointments to the federal courts. In this way, they share in selecting appointees and determining the qualifications of those selected to the judiciary. However, the judicial branch retains independent powers, like judicial review, and judges, once approved, are independent of the other two branches, within the system of checks and balances. MrV