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Understanding The Difference
Between Federal And State
Courts
By Joe Tacopina
Introduction


In 1994, former prosecutor Joe Tacopina took
to the criminal defense bar when he opened
his own law firm i...
About State Court Systems


The state court system is inherently
much more varied than federal court, as
the latter is di...
Conclusion


State courts mirror federal court at all
levels, appropriating certain courts to
deal with appeals, wills an...
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Understanding the difference between federal and state courts

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Understanding the difference between federal and state courts

  1. 1. Understanding The Difference Between Federal And State Courts By Joe Tacopina
  2. 2. Introduction  In 1994, former prosecutor Joe Tacopina took to the criminal defense bar when he opened his own law firm in New York City. Joe Tacopina possesses extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts, winning a number of high-profile cases. Federal and state courts, though similar, are structured in different ways. Legal professionals sometimes spend their entire careers in one court system, while others gain knowledge in both federal and state court in order to gain a better understanding of the legal process and improve their chances of winning future cases.
  3. 3. About State Court Systems  The state court system is inherently much more varied than federal court, as the latter is directly governed by the Supreme Court and articles written into the US Constitution. While state courts also abide by precedents set down in the Constitution, they are more often subjected to individual state laws. There are a number of levels to state courts, with the court of last resort generally being referred to as the supreme court.
  4. 4. Conclusion  State courts mirror federal court at all levels, appropriating certain courts to deal with appeals, wills and estates, under age offenders, and more. One of the main differences comes in the role of the supreme court. In federal court, the Supreme Court is under no obligation to hear any specific case, and will usually select controversial cases that will set future legal precedent. State courts, on the other hand, can be directly appealed to by citizens.

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