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-the only federal courts where witnesses testify and juries hear cases and reach verdicts
-Review decisions made in lower district courts
-12 US courts of appeal
-do not hold trials
3 ways to appeal
1. upholding the original decision
2. reversing that decision
3. remanding the case
Gives guidance to other judges by offering a model upon which to base their own decisions on similar cases.
-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
-Government lawyers who prosecute people accused of breaking federal laws; look into complaints of crime, prepare formal charges, and present evidence in court
-duty to represent the United States in civil cases in which the government is involved
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