Every year nearly ____________ million cases are tried in U.S. courts and one American in every ____________ is directly involved in litigation.
More than ____________ percent of all court cases in the United States are heard in ____________ courts.
Cases of ____________ law are those in which the government charges an individual with violating a statute that has been enacted to protect the public health, safety, morals, or welfare.
Doctor Jane Doe delivered a baby while drunk. The baby died during delivery and the parents sued the doctor. What kind of case would that be?
Which of the following is NOT a case in which the federal courts would have jurisdiction?
A case involving burglary of a house
For the most part, original jurisdiction courts in the federal judiciary are
Federal district courts.
Which of the following factors affect how federal district court judges are chosen?
a. legal experience and good character
b. ideological views similar to the president's
c. senatorial courtesy
The country is divided into ____________ regional judicial circuits, each of which has a U.S. Court of Appeals.
The authority and the obligation to review any law or lower-court decision where a substantial issue of public law is involved is the definition of
The courts do not have the power to render advisory opinions to legislatures or agencies about the constitutionality of proposed laws or regulations. This is the definition of the court access requirement called
cases and controversies.
Parties in a case must show ____________; that is, they must show that they have a substantial stake in the outcome of a case.
The three steps in the Supreme Court's procedures, in order, are
preparing briefs, giving oral argument, making and writing opinions.
Justices who disagree with the majority decision of the Court may choose to publicize the character of their disagreement in the form of a
Justices who agree with the majority decision but disagree with the legal reasoning will likely file a
Why did Congress confer on federal courts the authority to issue writs of habeas corpus?
distrust of southern courts after the Civil War
A member of the U.S. Supreme Court believes that she should defer to the views of Congress when interpreting federal statutes. This person is an advocate of
Which of the following cases is NOT an example of judicial activism?
ALL ARE EXAMPLES:
a. Bush v. Gore
b. Roe v. Wade
c. Brown v. Board of Education
Which of the following was NOT a limitation on the federal courts for much of American history?
All were limitations on the court for most of American history.
A _____________ is a legal action by which a group of individuals with common interests can file a suit on behalf of everyone who shares that interest.
According to the text, in recent years, the Supreme Court
has become more involved in political issues.
If you were an outside interest group and wanted to influence the Supreme Court's ruling on a case it will hear next month, what action would have the most influence?
filing an amicus curiae brief
According to the authors, the Court's most important decisions were
those that protected the freedoms of those whose beliefs or race made them unpopular.
Judicial review refers to
the power of the judiciary to examine the constitutionality of state and federal laws.
Where is the right to privacy listed in the Constitution?
The right to privacy is not spelled out anywhere in the Constitution.
Which of the following is NOT true regarding the 2000 presidential election?
The Supreme Court ruled that the decision had to be made by the U.S. House of Representatives as spelled out in the Constitution.