PS_12_Winter_2011_Slides_for_Lectures_14-15

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The Supreme Court occupies a majestic building near the Capitol. On the ground floor is a visitor center and exhibits. The chamber and justices' offices are on the floor above. The attic level of the building, which is above the chamber where the justices hear cases, has been finished into a basketball court for the use of the justices and their clerks. Within the Supreme Court, this attic is known jokingly as the real “highest court in the land." PS 12 Factoid
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Question: Is the judiciary undemocratic? LECTURE 14 OUTLINE I. Structure of the Judiciary II. The Nearly Unchecked Power of the Court
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Three Tiers of Courts in the U.S. System                             Jurisdiction Local Courts                         Municipal Law e.g. parking ticket State Courts                         e.g. most criminal cases Federal Courts                       e.g. Constitutional questions District Court (Circuit) Court of Appeals Supreme Court
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District Court 94 Courts, ~ 663 judges < 1% of all trials in the US Supreme Court 1 Court, 9 Justices ~90-150 cases/year decided ~1% of cases move up (Circuit) Court of Appeals 12 courts, ~ 150 judges ~20% of cases move up  on appeal
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Reagan with  Judge Robert  Bork, 1987 Judge Roy Snyder
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LECTURE 14 OUTLINE
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