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State Courts

Describe the structure of the State Courts from the top down.

Supreme Courts
District Court of Appeals
Circuit Courts
County Courts

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State Courts

Can state courts be bound by the federal courts?

No

Each state has its own, independent judicial system.
• Cannot be bound by the federal courts.

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State Courts

How does one state court system compare to other states court systems?

Structurally, each is a bit different.

• But, most have three levels.

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State Courts

What are one states obligations to follow another states court systems rules?

One state system cannot bind another court system.

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State Courts

Are all state court systems the same as each other?

Structurally, each is a bit different.
• But, most have three levels.

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State Courts: Trial Courts

Are there limits to the types of cases that a state court system can/will hear?

State courts can hear any kind of case, unless a federal statute states otherwise.

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State Courts: Trial Courts

What are the two types of jurisdictions called?

Limited v. general jurisdiction.

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State Courts: Trial Courts

How are the trial courts arranged geographically?

Usually by county.

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State Courts: Trial Courts

How many judges preside over a state trial court?

One

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State Courts: Trial Courts

What are the names of the parties in a state trial court?

Parties = Plaintiff and defendant.

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State Courts: Intermediate Appellate Courts

Does the loser in trial court have a right to an appeal in the state courts?

Yes

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State Courts: Intermediate Appellate Courts

How many judges preside over a case in a state appeals case?

Three

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State Courts: Intermediate Appellate Courts

What are the parties names in a Intermediate Appellate Court case?

Parties = appellant and appellee.

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State Courts: State Supreme Courts

Is the State supreme Court required to hear all cases?

No

May or may not have to hear the case.

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State Courts: State Supreme Courts

How many justices?

Justices (odd number).

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State Courts: State Supreme Courts

In New York, what is the name of the highest court?

New York: Court of Appeals = highest court.