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PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
PS 101 The Federal Judiciary Fall 2013
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  • 1. The Federal Judiciary Dr. Christopher S. Rice
  • 2. Judiciary Act of 1789
  • 3. Trial Courts or U.S. District Courts (94)
  • 4. Appellate Courts or U.S. Courts of Appeals (13) Trial Courts or U.S. District Courts (94)
  • 5. U.S. Supreme Court (1) Appellate Courts or U.S. Courts of Appeals (13) Trial Courts or U.S. District Courts (94)
  • 6. Specialty Courts
  • 7. Structure of the US Judicial System US Supreme Court State Court of Last Resort Intermediate State Court of Appeals State Court of General Jurisdiction State Court of Limited Jurisdiction U.S. Court of Appeals U.S. District Courts Federal Regulatory Agencies
  • 8. Jurisdiction A court’s authority to hear cases of a particular type.
  • 9. US Federal Courts may hear cases involving: • Cases involving the Constitution, federal statutes and treaties • Ambassadors, other public • Disputes between two or more states • Disputes between a state ministers and consuls and a citizen of another state. • Admiralty and maritime • Disputes between citizens • Controversies to which the • Disputes between states issues US Government is a party of different states (or their citizens) and foreign states (or their citizens)
  • 10. The case of Anna Nicole Smith
  • 11. Becoming a Supreme Court Justice
  • 12. The Problem of Lifetime Appointments
  • 13. Fixing the Problem of Lifetime Appointments Fixed Terms Not-So-Early Retirement A Balanced Bench Power of the Purse
  • 14. Fixing the Problem of Lifetime Appointments Fixed Terms Not-So-Early Retirement A Balanced Bench Power of the Purse
  • 15. Fixing the Problem of Lifetime Appointments Fixed Terms Not-So-Early Retirement A Balanced Bench Power of the Purse
  • 16. Fixing the Problem of Lifetime Appointments Fixed Terms Not-So-Early Retirement A Balanced Bench Power of the Purse
  • 17. Fixing the Problem of Lifetime Appointments Fixed Terms Not-So-Early Retirement A Balanced Bench Power of the Purse
  • 18. Fixing the Problem of Lifetime Appointments Fixed Terms Not-So-Early Retirement A Balanced Bench Power of the Purse
  • 19. Trial (District) Courts
  • 20. Original Jurisdiction the authority to be the first court to hear a case.
  • 21. Criminal Law Deals with offenses against society as a whole.
  • 22. Civil Law Regulates obligations between individuals, individuals and government, & individuals and corporations.
  • 23. Appellate Courts
  • 24. Appellate Jurisdiction The power of a court to receive cases from trial courts for the purpose of reviewing whether the legal procedures were properly followed.
  • 25. Appellate Courts vs. Trial Courts • Appellate courts do not hear new cases, just cases on appeal from federal trial courts. • Appeals are based on legal issues rather than questions of factual material. • Do not accept new evidence or hear additional witnesses. • Restrict their review to points of law under dispute.
  • 26. Most appeals courts decisions are final.

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