7-7 Notes - a. Courts: Only U.S. Supreme Court precedent is...

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State Courts Outline 1. Structure a. Many are similar to U.S. federal courts b. Some states have more layers (different types of cases are split off) c. Some states skip the intermediate appellate step (high court acts like intermediate court) d. Laws are different; judges vary from state to state. Term lengths, retention, only 3 states are they appointed for life 2. Policy-making role a. State high courts b. State intermediate courts c. State lower courts 3. Relations with federal courts and state legislatures
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Unformatted text preview: a. Courts: Only U.S. Supreme Court precedent is binding on state courts b. Their own precedent is arguably binding; technically not, but acts as a strong persuasive norm. Overruling own precedent is fairly rare. c. Lower state courts: precedent may be persuasive, but easy to overrule. d. Legislatures: variesusually legislature has more power compared with Congress to force the court...
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