POLS_110_-_Lecture_23

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Unformatted text preview: Yet another insight brought to you by OTA H2O Productions. Chapter 14: THE COURTS The Structural Context of Court Behavior: • Constitutional powers • Article III (the Judicial Article) provides very little detail about the organization and operations of the judicial branch. • The power of judicial review • Federalist #78 • Marbury v. Madison (1803) • How exceptional? • Initially, quite unique • Currently, quite common The U.S. Court System: Organization and Jurisdiction • Dual court system • There is one court system for the national government (Federal Court System) and one in each of the states (State Court System). • Most laws, legal disputes, and court decisions are located in the states. • The most important political and constitutional issues eventually reach the federal courts. The Structure of the Federal Courts: • Article III • Establishes the Supreme Court • Grants Congress the power to design the details of the Supreme Court and establish “inferior courts” • Federal district courts • Federal courts of appeal • Together, known as “constitutional courts” • Article I • Congress has used to establish specialized courts, known as “legislative courts” Jurisdiction of...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POL unk taught by Professor R.smith during the Spring '08 term at DePauw.

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