Chapter 8

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  1. District Courts
    • determine the facts of a case
    • civil or criminal
  2. Stare decisis
    The practice of using earlier judicial rulings as a basis for deciding cases
  3. Precedent
    A ruling that is used as the basis for a judicial decision in a later, similar case
  4. Jurisdiction
    A courts authority to hear and decide cases
  5. Concurrent jurisdiction
    Authority for both state and federal courts to hear and decide cases
  6. Appellate jurisdiction
    The authority of a court to hear a case appealed from a lower court
  7. Exculusive jurisdiction
    Auhority of only federal courts to hear and decide cases
  8. Appeals courts
    A court that reviews decisions made in lower district courts
  9. Circuit
    The area of jurisdiction of a federal court of appeals
  10. Opinion
    A detailed explanation of the legal thinking behind a courts decision in a case
  11. Dissenting opinion
    A statement written by a justice who disagrees with the majority opinion, presenting his or her opinion
  12. Concurrent opinion
    A statement written by a justice who votes with the majority, but for different reasonsĀ 
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Chapter 8
2010-01-18 19:14:11

History Midterm
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