W8-3 - W8-3 Although the Supreme Court started out small...

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W8-3 Although the Supreme Court started out small, working in the basement of the Congress building, it has grown to become arguably the most powerful branch of the federal government. It has definitely become much larger than the framers of the Constitution could have likely imagined despite the fact that they knew a court that would act as the final say in every case they took was necessary. The federal courts are set up as a dual court system. This means that there are federal courts at the state level as well as the national level, the Supreme Court. Each court at the state level has its own jurisdiction for which it decides cases. Because of the fact that state cultures can be very different from one another, this separation of the state level courts can cause very different rulings on very similar cases in different states. There are also less common cases that are able to be tried at the state and the national level. Both levels of the courts have appellate and trial courts.

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