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Judicial System
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State Trial Courts (Superior Courts) State Courts of Appeals State Supreme Court Federal District Courts Federal Courts of Appeals U.S. Supreme Court Court System at least 1 per county at least 1 per state CA has 4
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Federal Judges selected by President confirmed by the Senate lifetime tenure a lawyer, usually with political experience
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CA State Judges Superior Ct: often appointed by governor midterm elected to 6 year terms run against (some) opposition Appellate and Supreme Ct: always originally appointed by gov must be approved by voters for 12 year terms “Shall ______ be elected to office”--does not run against opponents --if answer is “no”, gov appoints someone else
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Jury Instructions Since 2003—plain language reform
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Legal System British-American case law, not code law precedent and stare decisis Marbury v. Madison and “judicial review” courts judge the constitutionality of all government actions
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2010 for the course PLSC 301 taught by Professor Diamond during the Spring '10 term at Skyline College.

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