polsci1101.study.guide.final.5

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POL SCI 1101 Page 1 of 3 Study Guide Part 5 of 5 FINAL EXAM CHAPTER 16 The Federal Courts Standing to sue     : the requirements that plaintiffs have a serious interest in a case, which  depends on whether they have sustained or are likely to sustain a direct and substantial  injury from a party or an action of government Class action suits     : lawsuits permitting a small number of people to sue on behalf of all  other people similarly situated Justiciable disputes     : a requirement that to be heard a case must be capable of being  settled as a matter of law rather than on other grounds as is commonly the case in  legislative bodies Amicus curiae briefs     : legal briefs submitted by a “friend of the court” for the purpose of  raiging additional points of view and presenting information not contained in the briefs of  the formal parties. These briefs attempt to influence a court’s decision Original jurisdiction     : the jurisdiction of courts that hear a case first, usually in a trial.  These are the courts that determine the facts about a case Appellate jurisdiction     : the jurisdiction of courts that hear cases brought to them on appeal  from lower courts. These courts do not review the factual record, only the legal issues  involved District courts     : the 91 federal courts of original jurisdiction. They are the only federal  courts in which trials are held and in which juries may be impaneled Courts of appeal     : appellate courts empowered to review all final decisions of district 
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This note was uploaded on 07/06/2009 for the course POL 1101 taught by Professor White during the Fall '07 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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