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5 Matching questions

  1. *class action suit
  2. *amicus curiae
  3. *dual sovereignty
  4. *dissenting opinion
  5. *activist approach
  1. a The view that judges should discern the general principles underlying laws or the Constitution and apply them to modern circumstances.
  2. b A brief submitted by a "friend of the court."
  3. c A case brought by someone to help him or her and all others who are similarly situated.
  4. d A signed opinion in which one or more of the justices disagree with the majority view.
  5. e A doctrine holding that state and federal authorities can prosecute the same person for the same conduct, each authority prosecuting under its own law.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. A written statement by an attorney that summarizes a case and the laws and rulings that support it.
  2. The lowest federal courts; federal trials can be held only here.
  3. The view that judges should decide cases strictly on the basis of the language of the laws and the Constitution.
  4. The rule that a citizen cannot sue the government without the government's consent.
  5. An examination of the political ideology of a nominated judge.

5 True/False questions

  1. *plaintiffA legal rule stating who is authorized to start a lawsuit.


  2. *opinion of the CourtAn signed opinion of a majority of the Supreme Court.


  3. *per curiam opinionA signed opinion in which one or more justices agree with the majority's conclusion but for different reasons.


  4. *writ of certiorariAn order by a higher court directing a lower court to send up a case for review.


  5. *courts of appealsFederal courts that hear appeals from district courts. No trials.


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