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JOEL-B LEGAL WRITING - Professor Lawrence Joel Basic Legal...

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February 23, 2011 Professor Lawrence Joel Basic Legal Writing for Paralegals LigiaHalvorsen COURT SYSTEMS 1. (a) What is the highest court of your state? (b) Where can you find this information on the Internet? Give a Web site. (a)The highest court of NJ is the S UPREME C OURT OF NJ. (b) The Web site is http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/supreme/index.htm 2. Within your State’s court system, what type of authority are decisions made by the highest court named in Question1? (a) Primary binding (b) Primary Persuasive (c) Secondary binding (d) Secondary Persuasive 3. What is the name of the trial court of your state? The trial court of NJ is T HE S UPERIOR C OURT 4. Are the trial court’s decision binding on the highest court of the state? No,
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5. What is the highest court of the federal system of government? The highest court of the federal system of government is the U.S. S UPREME C OURT 6. Within the federal system of government, what type of authority are decisions made by the highest court named in Question 5? (a) Primary binding (b) Primary persuasive (c) Secondary binding (d) Secondary persuasive 7. What is the name of the trial court of the federal government? T HE U.S. D ISTRICT C OURTS ARE TRIAL COURTS , or courts of original jurisdiction. 8. Are decisions of any federal trial court binding on any federal appellate court? No 9. (a) Are all federal appellate court decisions binding on every federal trial court? No. (b) Why or (c) Why not? The decisions of the federal appellate courts can be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court
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10. Can state courts decide issues of federal law? Yes, state courts can decide issues of federal law. Although a state court decision concerning federal law does not change the federal law, it may persuade federal governing bodies to change federal law.
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