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Federal courts hear both civil and riminal cases.
- * criminal case-court decides innocence or guilt of a person accused of breaking a law.
- * civil case-court settles a disagreement.
Federal courts interpret the law.
- * base decision on the constitution.
- * decisions can establish broad precedents.
Federal courts hear two kind of cases
- * cases involving federal laws and issues beyond the authority of individual states.
- * cases appealed from state supreme courts.
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