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judiciary - Term Definition judicial review power to...

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Term: judicial review Definition: power to declare the actions of the other branches and levels of government unconstitutional Term: original jurisdiction Definition: authority of the court to be the first to hear a particular kind of case Term: constitutional courts Definition: federal courts created by the congress Term: legislative courts Definition: highly specialized federal courts Term: grand juries Definition: groups of citizens who decide whether there is sufficient evidence to bring an indictment agains accused persons
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Term: petit juries (trial) Definition: juries that hear evidence and sit in judgment on charges brought in civil or criminal cases Term: circuit corts Definition: the 12 geographical jurisdictins and one special court that hears appeals from fedral district courts Term: appellate courts Definition: courts that hear cases on appeal from other courts Term: briefs Definition: documents setting out the arguments in legal cases, prepared by attorneys and presented to courts Term: opinion Definition: the explanation of majority's and the minoritys reasoning that accompany a court decision
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