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Chapter U.S. Supreme Court The FINAL final court of appeal 9 Justices Majority controls—many 5/4 opinions SPECIAL COURTS
The U.S. Court of Federal Claims hears claims against the United States.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Courts hear and decide certain matters under the Federal Bankruptcy Code.
• The U.S. Tax Court hears cases involving federal taxes. •
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reviews decisions of the Court of Federal Claims, the Patent and Trademark Office, patent cases decided by the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals. State Courts
State Small Claims/City Courts/ JP Courts
Supreme Court JURISDICTION
JURISDICTION To resolve a lawsuit, a court must
have jurisdiction: the authority to
hear and decide a given case. There are two kinds:
There jurisdiction over the subject matter of
the lawsuit and
jurisdiction over the parties to a lawsuit.
xclusive Federal Jurisdiction — over federal criminal prosecutions, maritime or
seagoing law) bankruptcy, antitrust, patent, trad...
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- Spring '11
- Supreme Court of the United States