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CHAPTER 3: Structure of U.S. Federal Court System U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Courts of Appeals (13) Federal District Courts (94) Specialty Courts U.S. Claims Courts Administrative U.S. Court of Bankruptcy Agencies International Trade Court State Court Systems State Supreme Courts State Courts of Appeals General Trial Courts (Circuit, District, County) [Lesser Courts] Small Claims Justice of the Peace City Courts Probate Courts Courts or County Courts Trials de Novo
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Federal Court System : District Courts (94) – Trial Courts & Specialty Courts (tax, bankruptcy, etc.) Courts of Appeal (13) – The Circuit Court; Appeal as of right (1-11) – By geography (PA is located in 3 rd ) (12) – U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit; hears appeals from specialized trial courts (13) – D.C. Circuit; Hears appeals from admin agency decisions & rulemaking The Supreme Court – Final appeals court, very few cases taken in any year. There are 9 judges on the U.S. Supreme Court & 7 judges on PA Supreme Court.
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  • Spring '10
  • SamuelHodge
  • Supreme Court of the United States, State supreme court, State court, general trial courts

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