Unformatted text preview: Jurisdiction The lawful authority of a court to hear a case is its jurisdiction. For the Supreme Court, there are two types of jurisdiction. Appellate, which is the authority to hear cases from lower courts (both state and federal) Original, which is the authority to hear the case first. The Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in cases involving foreign dignitaries and disputes between states. Congress and Jurisdiction-continue Congress creates federal judgeships and courts. As of 2007, Congress had authorized 179 court of appeals judgeships and 678 district court judgeships and had authorized 352 bankruptcy judgeships and 551 full-time and part-time magistrate judgeships. Congress also controls the types of cases that the federal courts may hear....
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- Spring '15
- Supreme Court of the United States, President of the United States