Chapter 2 Outline

Chapter 2 Outline - U.S. Supreme Court: The final court in...

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Ch 2 17-20 Federal District Courts: The federal district courts are the general trial courts of the federal system. They are courts of original jurisdiction that hear both civil and criminal matters. Civil cases that can be brought in federal district courts include: 1. civil suits in which the United States is a party 2. cases between citizens of different states that involve damages of $75,000 or more 3. cases that arise under the U.S. Constitution of federal laws and treaties U.S. courts of appeals: The final decision in a federal district court is not necessarily the end of a case because it is a court of original jurisdiction, and its decision can be appealed to a court with appellate jurisdiction. En banc decisions are by the circuit’s full panel of judges.
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Unformatted text preview: U.S. Supreme Court: The final court in the federal system is the U.S. Supreme court. The U.S. supreme court has appellate jurisdiction over cases that are appealed from the federal courts of appeals as well as from state supreme courts when a constitutional issue is involved in the case or a state court has reversed a federal court ruling. Writ of certiorari is a preliminary review of those cases appealed to decide whether a case will be heard or allowed to stand as ruled on by the lower courts. The U.S. Supreme court is the only court expressly created in the U.S. Constitution. All other courts in the federal system were created by Congress pursuant to the Constitutions language allowing such a system if Congress found it necessary....
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