The American Legal System Tristina Cole Purdue Global University Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession LS100 Professor Sait Tarhan April 13, 2018 Resubmission
The American Legal System To truly understand the complexity of our American Legal System, one must view it in tiers of sophistication and power. First are the branches of the U.S. government. There are three separate branches which were derived from the Constitution and provided a separation of powers of those three independent branches. The Constitution authors’ intention was to create a strong, central authority. In order to achieve this, they created a federal government that has been empowered to act in specified capacities. This is what is often termed as “balancing” of powers. The Legislative Branch makes laws and includes Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate. This branch is responsible for drafting laws. Then there is the Executive branch. This important branch of government carries out and enforces law and includes the President, Vice President and Cabinet. The Judicial Branch interprets the laws and decides if laws violate the Constitution. The constitution, with respect to our current court system today, had an amendment that all powers not delegated to the federal government would be relegated to the state. This explains how the levels of our court system derived, has shifted and changed, and has grown in to the structured machine it is today. Our
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