Judiciary - The American Legal System and the Courts...

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The American Legal System and the Courts Chapter 9
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In this chapter we will learn about the notion of law and the role that it plays in democratic society in general and in the American legal system in particular the constitutional basis for the American judicial system the dual system of state and federal courts in the United States the Supreme Court and the politics that surround and support it
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The role of law in democratic societies Provide security Provide predictability Resolve conflict Reflect and enforce conformity to society’s values Distribute benefits and rewards society has to offer and allocate the costs of those good things
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Characteristics of the American legal tradition Generally based on common law The importance of stare decisis
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Kinds of law Substantive laws vs. procedural laws Criminal laws vs. civil laws
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Constitutional laws
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