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Unformatted text preview: THE STRUCTURE OF AMERICAN COURTS Review: Types of courts The dual court system Jurisdiction QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT Is the Constitution more like a living document that changes with the times, or a contract whose meaning is fixed? Alexander Hamilton predicted the Supreme Court would be the “least dangerous branch.” Was his prediction correct? Why or why not? Article III, U.S. Const. Cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and counsels Cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction Cases in which U.S. is a party Controversies between two or more states Between state and citizens of another state Between citizens of different states Article III “In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.” What Article III Doesn’t Say Number of justices Term for court Current Structure & Operation 9 justices Certiorari & the Rule of Four Oral argument Case law: written opinions of the Court Judicial review and judicial supremacy versus Jefferson’s tripartite theory of constitutional government A note on checks and balances ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course CRJU 101 taught by Professor Clement during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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