3Some background information Laws and Jurisdiction
4Origin of law Case law: Court decisions that inform judicial ruling Constitution: outline the structure of the American government (or state)Statutes: laws made by the national or state governmentCase lawCollection of past rulings, interpretations and decisions on cases that other judges can use as referencePrecedent: a court ruling from the pass similar to the current caseWhen judges make decisions that look to similar cases for precedent.Example of overturning precedentBrown v. Board of Education overturned the precedent of Plessey v. Ferguson of separate but equalStatutesLaws passed by Congress and State legislatures.
5JurisdictionThe authority to hear certain cases is called jurisdiction of the court.Concurrent jurisdiction is when both federal and state courts have jurisdiction.Appellate Jurisdiction: The power to review cases already decided in lower courtLimited Jurisdiction: The power to hear only certain kinds of cases (tax cases)
6Types of Courts Federal (Supreme Court & inferior federal courts) established by Congress.StatesEach state has it’s own courts system whose power comes from state constitution and laws.
8The Federal CourtsThree layers of authority in the federal court system:The Supreme CourtThirteen Courts of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.U.S. District Courts and Specialized Federal Courts
9District Courts 94 courts Lowest level of the federal judicial system Federal Court SystemDistrict Courts94 courtsLowest level of the federal judicial systemTrial courts for both criminal/civil federal casesDistrict Courts has original jurisdiction to hear cases involvingConstitutional lawCases Involving citizens of different statesCivil casesHear most federal casesEach district court hears cases within a particular district.There are 94 districts.Every state has at least one district courtHave original jurisdictionMust follow Supreme Court president as much as possible
11Federal Court SystemAppealsIf a person who loses a case in a trial court wishes to appeal a decision, they may take the case to a court with appellate jurisdiction.Meaning a party may appeal a case from a district court to a court of appeals
12Court of Appeals 13 US Courts of Appeals Each covers a circuit-a geographic area containing several district courtsThe Appeals court reviews the details of the case. DOES NOT HOLD TRIALS!If an mistake was found the case will be send back to the district court for a new trialCases only get reviewed for a good reason, such if the ruling discarded precedent
17WorksheetUsing your notes from today ,last class and the reading complete the worksheets in the rest of your packet
18Answer the question on the paper provided Pop Quiz
19Question 1When someone is accused of a crime, the type of case is…..
20Question 2 If you appeal a case, you are going to……… Appellate court Trial CourtA bench trialState court
21Question 3 The court that gets to decide what is constitutional…… Court of AppealsDistrict CourtsInferior courtsSupreme Court
22Question 4If the appellate court thinks a decision was wrong it will….Affirm the decisionReverse the decisionDo nothing
23Question 5If a groups of people gives the verdict after a trial, that trial was aAppeal trialBench trialJury trialEvidence
24Question 6If an appellate court sends a case back to the trial court, it hasAffirmed the caseNot reviewed the caseRemanded the case
25Question 7 The decision in a case is called the Evidence Jurisdiction Verdict
26Question 8If you break a law of the United States, your case will probably be inFederal courtState court
27Question 9 At trial, lawyers try to prove their case using An appeal VerdictAffirmEvidence
28Question 10 State courts were created by The US Constitution State constitutions
29JournalYou have been elected the new Mayor of Sterling. Before leaving office, the old mayor gave jobs to several of his political friends but the paperwork hasn’t made it to the personnel office yet.Should you 1) honor the jobs promised by the old mayor, or 2) cancel the jobs since they aren’t “Officially” in the system yet?What are the possible negatives to denying these people their jobs? What are the possible positives to allowing them to take these jobs?Would it make a difference if the perspective employees had worked against you in the mayoral elections?
33Federal Court Jurisdiction Federal Courts SystemFederal Court JurisdictionThe Constitution gave federal courts jurisdiction in cases that involve United States laws, treaties with foreign nations.
34Federal Courts Jurisdiction Cont. Federal Courts SystemFederal Courts Jurisdiction Cont.Ambassadors and other representatives of foreign governmentsTwo or more states governmentUnited States government or one of it offices or agenciesCitizens who are resident of different statesCitizens who are residents of the same state but claim land under grants of different states
35Federal Courts SystemSupreme CourtCourt of AppealsDistrict Courts
36Special Federal Courts Congress has created a series of courts referred to as legislative Courts.Legislative courts help Congress exercise its power.U.S. Court of federal ClaimsU.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesU.S. Tax CourtTerritorial CourtsUS Court of Military AppealsForeign Intelligence Surveillance CourtFederal Claims CourtA person who believes that the government has not pad a bill for goods or service may sue in this courtAppeals for the Armed ForcesArmed forces highest appeals court.“GI” supreme courtThe Supreme court however has jurisdiction to review this court’s decisionU.S. Tax CourtCases usually involve citizens who disagree with the IRS or other treasury department agencies ruling about federal taxesBased in DC. Federal court of appeals handles cases appealed from the tax courtTerritorial CourtsCongress created courts in the Virgin Islands, Guam, the northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. The appellate court for this system are the United states court of appealsCourt of the district of ColumbiaBecause DC is a federal district Congress developed a judicial system for the nation’s capitalWith federal district court and a court of appeals, various local courts handle cases in DCCourt of Veteran’s AppealsHe cabinet- level department was created to deal with veterans problems. This court handles cases arising from unsettled claimsForeign Intelligence Surveillance CourtThe court was authorized to secretly wire tap people suspected of sping against the United StatesFISA search warrants do not have to be made public and can be issued without probable cause- which is not the case with most criminal cases
38Special Federal Courts Federal Courts SystemSpecial Federal CourtsU.S. of Federal Claims CourtU.S. Court of International TradeU.S. Tax CourtU.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
39The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Federal Courts SystemThe Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitCourt of appeals for the federal circuitNational jurisdiction over certain cases, such as those in which the U.S. government is a defendant
41Qualifications No specific requirements in the constitution Federal Courts SystemQualificationsNo specific requirements in the constitutionMost have prior experience ( lower or state courts)
42Selection of Federal Judges Federal Courts SystemSelection of Federal JudgesAll federal judges are appointed by the president and approved by the senate.Senatorial courtesy -allows senators from the president party to have a say in the appointment of judges in their stateHold position for life (must be in good standing)Senatorial courtesy started in the 1840’sOnce on the bench a federal judge keeps the position for a term of “good behavior”Alexander Hamilton argued in the Federalist papers No 78 (1787), keeping judges in office for life gives them independence they need to serve as a proper check on the executive and legislative branches
45Adams appoints new judges… John Adams signs appointments on his last night in office.Thomas Jefferson is to take over as President.
46Vocabulary“midnight judges”- what these new judges were referred to as.William Marbury was one of these “midnight judges.”
47When does Madison come into play? James Madison, TJs new Secretary of State, was supposed to officially present Marbury with his new position…But he didn’t!So… Marbury sued and appealed to the Supreme Court to get Madison to award him the position…
48The Verdict. Supreme Court refuses to grant Marbury his position!! Why?A section of the Judiciary Act of 1789 (which set up the federal court system in the first place) was unconstitutional and void.
49Lasting Impact…This is the first time the Supreme Court overturns an act of Congress.Checks & balances in action!Judicial Review- Supreme Court’s ability to declare a law or act unconstitutional