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Courts -Alexander Hamilton and others felt that courts were the least dangerous -no legislative power -lack enforcement power -do not control the budget -purpose of legal system - a way to settle disputes ‘civilly’ -enforce laws -legal processes/systems -common law -United States -civil law (Napoleonic) -most of the world uses this -Louisiana still mainly civil law Common Law -based heavily on: -precedent -ruling set ground for future rulings -predictable and reliable (make same ruling) -not iron-clad rule -Constitution -written charter against which all other laws are judged -passive -settle disputes, observe, enforce laws -will not do your job or lawyer’s job -adversarial -everyone enters in with the same rights -two parties make arguments, whoever makes the better one wins -layered judiciary -can appeal to next level of court -appellate, state, federal, Supreme -depends on charge -criminal and civil courts -criminal: stealing, etc. -all of jury has to agree that someone is defendant
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course POLS 1105H taught by Professor Schatzinger during the Spring '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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