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1 The Judicial Branch Chapter 18

2 Finally, the third Branch of Government: Judicial Branch 2014

3 Judicial Branch Final part of the government Interprets the laws Determines right or wrong Checks for fairness of the laws Punishes offenders Courts make up the judicial branch Least understood branch of the government

4 The states each have their own court systems that exist side-by-side with the federal courts. Most cases tried each year are heard by state courts.

5 Types of Federal Courts The Constitution created only the Supreme Court, giving Congress the power to create any lower, or “inferior,” courts as needed. Congress created the Constitutional Courts

6 Types of Federal Courts, cont. Congress created the special courts These courts have narrowly defined jurisdictions.

7 What is a Federal Law/Crime? A federal crime is a violation of a law passed by the United States Congress. Some Examples of a Federal Law/Crimes Drug Crimes Gun Crimes Immigration Crimes Money Laundering Child Pornography Kidnapping Tax Crimes Our closest Federal court is in Philadelphia

8 Federal courts can hear any case whose subject matter involves the interpretation and of the Constitution

9 Which Court? Two separate court systems, federal and State, hear and decide cases in the United States. Scenario: Citizen M robs a bank in California. Jurisdiction: FEDERAL

10 Which Court? cont. Scenario: Citizen X of Michigan sues Citizen Y of Massachusetts for $80,000 in damages caused as the result of a car accident. Jurisdiction: CONCURRENT

11 Which Court? cont. Scenario: Citizen Y of Ohio has her car repaired at AJ’s, the local repair shop. Her car breaks down on her way home. She sues the repair shop for breach of contract. Jurisdiction: STATE

12 Federal Jurisdiction, cont. Checkpoint: What parties must bring their cases to a federal court? The United States or its officers and agencies An official representative of a foreign government One of the 50 states suing another state, a resident of another state, or a foreign government A U.S. citizen suing a citizen of another state or a foreign government or citizen

13 Key Terms inferior courts: the lower federal courts beneath the Supreme Court jurisdiction: the authority of a court to try and decide a case concurrent jurisdiction: when federal and state courts both have the power to hear a case plaintiff: the person who files a lawsuit defendant: the person against whom a legal complaint is made

14 Key Terms, cont. original jurisdiction: the power held by the first court to hear a case appellate jurisdiction: the power to hear a case on appeal from the court with original jurisdiction judicial restraint: the philosophy that judges should decide cases based on the original intent of the lawmakers and on precedent precedent: prior judicial decisions that guide rulings on similar cases judicial activism: the philosophy that judges should also take current social conditions into account when deciding cases

15 Judicial Restraint Judges make decisions that shape public policy. Judicial restraint argues that the courts should defer to the policy decisions of the legislative and executive branches. Supporters of judicial restraint believe that judges should decide cases based upon: The intent of the Framers and Congress when the law was originally written Precedents set by rulings in similar cases.

16 Judicial Activism Judicial activism argues that judges should take into account how social values and conditions may have changed over time when they interpret the law. Supporters of this principle believe that judges can and should make independent decisions when their interpretation of law differs from that of the legislative and executive branches.

17 Criminal Cases vs. Civil Cases


19 Felony – most serious offenses Murder, rape, arson, burglary, aggravated assault Felony vs. Misdemeanor (Criminal)

20 Misdemeanor – less serious, but still serious offenses, involves a trial Assault, DUI Summary offenses – least serious, usually only fines, not usually a trial Disorderly conduct, public drunkenness,

21 Miranda Rights Rights of the accused when arrested Came from Supreme Court case Miranda v. Arizona, 1966

22 A Legal term… Writ of habeas corpus Arrested person must know the reason arrested (charges) through the arraignment (court hearing when charged ) Federal and state govts can only suspend this right in times of rebellion or crisis Examples: during riots or during a war

23 Supreme Court Highest Court in the United States Justices to Supreme Court – Today = 9

24 Supreme Court Cases Most cases come to them on appeal Came up from either lower federal courts or from states courts Usually challenging certain rights Often 14 th Amendment questions Some involve Judicial review interpretation of the law Determine constitutional or unconstitutional Also hear cases involving the government Gore v. Bush, 2000

25 Selection of Federal Judges Nominated by the President Confirmed by the Senate “senatorial courtesy” – consults with senators of state where position is located Will also consult with Attorney General Also appointed for life except on Special Courts have terms of 8-15 years DC courts have terms of 4 – 8 years

26 President Andrew Jackson 7 th President of the US, 1829-1837 1 st to ever defy a Supreme Court ruling Cherokee Nation v. Georgia Cherokee won the right to stay on their land in Georgia – Chief Justice John Marshall Jackson ignored ruling & sent Army to move them to Oklahoma “Trail of Tears” – journey of the Cherokees At least 4,000 died during walk, little supplies

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