Sec. 9. That the district courts shall have, exclusively of the courts of the several States,cognizance of all crimes and offenses that shall be cognizable under the authority of theUnited States, committed within their respective districts, or upon the high seas; where no other punishment than whipping, not exceeding thirty stripes, a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, is to be inflicted; and shall also have exclusive original cognizance of all civil cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, including all seizures under laws of impost, navigation, or trade of the United States. . . . And shall also have cognizance, concurrent with the courts of the several States, or the circuit courts, as the case may be, of all causes where an alien sues for a tort only in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States. And shall also have cognizance, concurrent as last mentioned, of all suitsat common law where the United States sue, and the matter in dispute amounts, exclusive of costs, to the sum or value of one hundred dollars. And shall also have jurisdiction exclusively of the courts of the several States, of all suits against consuls or vice-consuls, except for offenses above the description aforesaid. And the trial of issuesin fact, in the district courts, in all cases except civil causes of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, shall be by jury. . . .In your own words:The district courts have exclusivity of all the visible and notable crimes, where the onlypunishment is whipping, a fine, or imprisonment. They also have exclusive original viewing of all civil cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction. Including laws of impost, navigation, or trade in the united states. Sec 11. That the circuit courts shall have original cognizance, concurrent with the courtsof the several States, of all suits of a civil nature at common law or in equity, where the matter in dispute exceeds, exclusive of costs, the sum or value of five hundred dollars, and the United States are plaintiffs or petitioners; or an alien is a party, or the suit is
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between a citizen of the State where the suit is brought and a citizen of another State.
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