18 terms

Chapter 8 Section 2

The Lower Federal Courts & Federal Judges
District courts
-Federal courts in which trials are held and lawsuits are begun
District courts
-94 district courts, at least one in every state
District courts
-the only federal courts where witnesses testify and juries hear cases and reach verdicts
Original jurisdiction
The authority to hear cases for the first time
Appeals courts
-Review decisions made in lower district courts
-12 US courts of appeal
-do not hold trials
Appellate jurisdiction
The authority of a court to hear a case appealed from a lower court
3 ways to appeal
1. upholding the original decision
2. reversing that decision
3. remanding the case
Sending the case back to the lower court to be tried again
Offers a detailed explanation of the legal thinking behind the court's decision
Gives guidance to other judges by offering a model upon which to base their own decisions on similar cases.
Federal Judges
-Interpret the law and protect the rights the Constitution guarantees
Federal Judges
-650 with at least 2 in every state's district court and 6 to 28 in appeals court; Supreme Court has 9 justices
Once appointed by the President, federal judges may have their job for life and only moved through impeachment
-Officials that take care of a judge's routine work: issue court orders, hear preliminary evidence to determine if a case should go to trial, determine whether arrested people should be held in jail or released on bail, hear minor cases
U.S. Attorneys
-Government lawyers who prosecute people accused of breaking federal laws; look into complaints of crime, prepare formal charges, and present evidence in court
U.S. Attorneys
-duty to represent the United States in civil cases in which the government is involved
U.S. Attorneys
-appointed to 4 year terms by the President
U.S. Marshals
Make arrests, collect fines, and take convicted person to prison; protect jurors, keep order in federal courts, and serve legal papers(subpoenas)