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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a federal judicial system unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:
- The definition and structure of the state court system
- The sources of power of the federal judiciary
- The definition and structure of the federal court system
- Steps and participants in judicial decision making
- Constitutional checks and balances on the Supreme Court
- Original vs. appellate jurisdiction
- The process of Supreme Court justice selection
- How interest groups influence policy through litigation
1. Strict Constructionism: Definition, Beliefs & Examples
Strict constructionism describes a legal theory that embraces a narrow reading of legal texts. In this lesson, you will be introduced to the concept of strict constructionism through definitions and examples.
2. Judicial Branch of Government: Definition, Role & Power
In this lesson we examine the judicial branch of the government, including the Supreme Court and its power of judicial review. You will learn how the Supreme Court can rule laws unconstitutional.
3. Judicial Power: Definition & Examples
What is the judiciary? How does it work? What can it do and when? The U.S. court system has two main levels, two types of practice, and two types of law, but it is actually pretty easy to understand.
4. Judiciary Act of 1789: Definition & Summary
The Judiciary Act of 1789 was one of the first official acts of Congress and filled in details, laying the groundwork for the federal court system as it exists today. Learn about this landmark act and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
5. Legalism: Definition & Beliefs
Through this lesson, you will learn what defines the concept of legalism, and gain an understanding of the various contexts in which it is applied. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a short quiz.
6. Marbury v. Madison: Definition, Summary & Significance
In this lesson, you'll learn about the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court case of ''Marbury v. Madison'', and how the case established the notion of judicial review.
7. Midnight Judges: Definition & Significance
This lesson will teach who the Midnight Judges were, the history behind their appointments, and why their appointments were controversial. You will also learn what landmark case sprung from the appointment of the Midnight Judges and what has been its lasting effect.
8. What is a Judicial Review? - Procedure & Definition
In this lesson, we will define judicial review, learn about its historical background, examine the procedure involved in using judicial review and look at examples of how the Supreme Court has used judicial review.
9. What Is Habeas Corpus? - Definition, History, Amendment & Example
Learn about habeas corpus and the history of its use in the American legal system, and read about some court cases in which it was used. Then, test your new knowledge with a quiz.
10. What Are Federal Rules of Evidence?
This lesson with discuss the need for and definition of the Federal Rules of Evidence. We'll then go through it Article by Article and gain a general idea of it's contents.
11. U.S. Supreme Court Justices Past & Present: Names & Facts
This lesson will teach you about the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. You'll learn the names and facts about key justices, important judicial milestones, and written judicial opinions that have shaped American life.
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Other chapters within the American Government: Help and Review course
- Introduction to the Study of American Government: Help and Review
- The Study of American Government
- Different Forms of Government
- Constitutional Democracy: Help and Review
- Federalism in the United States: Help and Review
- American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior: Help and Review
- Civil Liberties: Help and Review
- Civil Rights: Help and Review
- Comparative Law
- Political Parties in the United States Government: Help and Review
- Interest Groups and American Democracy: Help and Review
- The Media and American Democracy: Help and Review
- The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States: Help and Review
- The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice: Help and Review
- The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation: Help and Review
- The U.S. Federal Judicial System
- Public, Social, and Environmental Policy: Help and Review
- Economic and Fiscal Policy: Help and Review
- Foreign and Defense Policy: Help and Review