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purposes of law
1. protect human rights
2. help resolve conflicts
3. Promote order and stability
4. Promote desirable economic and social behavior
5. represent will of majority
6. protect rights of minorities
Inquisitioral Legal system
European method for handling disputes in which the Judge plays an active role in gathering and presenting evidence and questioning witnesses
Adversarial Legal system
judicial system used in the U.S. It allows opposing parties to present their legal conflicts before an impartial judge and jury.
courts that listen to testimony, consider evidence, and decide the facts in a disputed situation
Appellate Court(including supreme court)
a court in which appeals from trial-court decisions are heard
powers specifically granted to congress, they include: the power to tax, regulate commerce, and declare war.
members of supreme court
• Supreme Court Justice
• Chief Justice: head of U.S federal system; John G. Roberts
Writ of Certiorari
order, sent from a higher court to a lower one which orders the lower court to turn over transcripts and documents related to a specific case for review.
the process by which courts decide whether the laws passed by congress or state legislatures are constitutional
first amendment rights provided
• Establishment of religion
• Free exercise of religion
• Freedom of speech
• Freedom of the press
• The right to peaceable assembly
• Petition the government for a redress of grievances
(exception to first amendment) a general term applying to anything that is immoral, indecent or lewd.
(exception to first amendment) (type of defamation) : written expression about a person that is false and damages their rep.
(exception to first amendment) (type of defamation) poken expression about a person that is false and damages that person's rep.
exception to first amendment)speec that is directed at buying/selling of goods and services.
Clear and present danger test
(exception to first amendment) (fighting words) test formally used by courts to restrict speech when the government thought the speech would create immediate danger/harm
(exception to first amendment) (fighting words) method used by courts to determine whether to restrict/punish expressions based on its potential to cause immediate unlawful behavior.
(exception to first amendment) (fighting words) : used by judges to resolve legal issues by balancing the interests in conflict and deciding which is of higher importance
People are secure(against unreasonable search and seizures) in their
• Be supported by oath or affirmation
• Specifically describe the place to be searched and the person or things to be seized
--> Warrants are only on probable cause
legal rule that generally prohibits the use of illegally obtained evidence against defense trial.
Stop and Frisk
(exceptions to 4th amendment) to "pat down" or search outer clothing of someone whom the police believe is acting suspiciously
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