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5 Written questions

5 Matching questions

  1. *opinion of the Court
  2. *stare decisis
  3. *constitutional court
  4. *standing
  5. *concurring opinion
  1. a An signed opinion of a majority of the Supreme Court.
  2. b A signed opinion in which one or more justices agree with the majority's conclusion but for different reasons.
  3. c A legal rule stating who is authorized to start a lawsuit.
  4. d A federal court authorized by Article III of the Constitution that keeps judges in office during good behavior and prevents their salaries from being reduced. They are the Supreme Court (created by the Constitution) and appellate and district courts created by Congress.
  5. e "Let the decision stand," or allowing prior rulings to control the current case.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. The view that judges should discern the general principles underlying laws or the Constitution and apply them to modern circumstances.
  2. The power of courts to declare acts of the legislature and the executive unconstitutional.
  3. A judicial order enforcing a right or redressing a wrong.
  4. A written statement by an attorney that summarizes a case and the laws and rulings that support it.
  5. Courts created by Congress for specialized purposes whose judges do not enjoy the protections of Article III of the Constitution.

5 True/False questions

  1. *amicus curiaeA brief submitted by a "friend of the court."


  2. *in forma pauperisA method whereby a poor person can have his or her case heard in federal court without charge.


  3. *fee shiftingA legal rule stating who is authorized to start a lawsuit.


  4. *diversity casesThe lowest federal courts; federal trials can be held only here.


  5. *strict constructionist approachThe view that judges should decide cases strictly on the basis of the language of the laws and the Constitution.


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