Powers of the Federal Court                     Ch. 11, sec. 1
Jurisdiction of the courts       Jurisdiction- the authority to hear a        certain case (which type of courts get to  ...
Federal Courts try cases                   involving:   U.S. laws                  Ambassadors to foreign               ...
Concurrent Jurisdiction   In some cases, both state and federal courts have    jurisdiction.     Ex: disputes between pe...
Types of federal courts                 Supreme Court-                  final step                 Appellate Court      ...
Supreme Court Power         The court cannot go looking          for an issue           They must wait until            ...
Marbury vs. Madison
Dred Scott vs. Sandford
Slaughterhouse Cases
Plessy vs. Ferguson
Brown vs. Board of        Education
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Federalcourts

  1. 1. Powers of the Federal Court Ch. 11, sec. 1
  2. 2. Jurisdiction of the courts  Jurisdiction- the authority to hear a certain case (which type of courts get to try which cases).  State Courts  Each state has its own system of courts  Tries cases involving state laws  Federal Courts  Supreme Court  Lower federal courts  Tries cases involving federal laws
  3. 3. Federal Courts try cases involving: U.S. laws  Ambassadors to foreign countries Treaties with foreign countries  Two or more states Interpretation of the  U.S. govt. office or Constitution agency Bankruptcy  Citizens from different states Maritime law
  4. 4. Concurrent Jurisdiction In some cases, both state and federal courts have jurisdiction.  Ex: disputes between people from different states can choose a state or federal court if it is over $75,000.
  5. 5. Types of federal courts  Supreme Court- final step  Appellate Court (appeals)- Appellate Jurisdiction  Trial Court- Original Jurisdiction
  6. 6. Supreme Court Power  The court cannot go looking for an issue  They must wait until litigants (people filing a lawsuit) come before them.  Courts cannot answer questions about broad issues  They can only make decisions on specific individual cases.
  7. 7. Marbury vs. Madison
  8. 8. Dred Scott vs. Sandford
  9. 9. Slaughterhouse Cases
  10. 10. Plessy vs. Ferguson
  11. 11. Brown vs. Board of Education

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