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Running head: Texas and federal courts Comparison of Texas and Federal Courts Brian C. Kennedy University of Phoenix CJS220 Steven Weber 12 June 2014 1
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Comparison of Texas and Federal Courts Abstract Court structures in the United Sates vary from state to state with some modeling the Federal system more closely than others. This is resulting from the relative autonomy afforded the states by the United States Constitution’s Tenth Amendment (Buchanen, 200) Though inferior to the United States Constitution in many respects, they are afforded the right to self govern and retain their own state constitutions respectively. It is in those states constitutions that the layout of that states court system, as well as legislative and executive system is defined. As with the United States Legislative branch, the Texas legislature is a bicameral system, in that it is composed of a state Senate and a House of Representatives. Much like the United States Congress, laws are generated first as bills until ratified by both houses after a series of amendments typically take place as the bill is sent back and forth from Senate to House ("Texas Constitution And Statutes", 2013). Federal Courts Article III of the United States Constitution lays out the authority for the establishment of the Federal Judiciary, and independent branch of the Federal government separate from the Executive and Legislative branches.
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