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Chapter 14

The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law

Chapter Outline
I. The Federal Judicial System

A. The Supreme Court of the United States

1. Selecting and Deciding Cases

2. Issuing Decisions and Opinions

B. Other Federal Courts

1. U.S. District Courts

2. U.S. Courts of Appeals

3. Special U.S. Courts

C. The State Courts

II. Federal Court Appointees

A. Supreme Court Nominees

B. Lower-Court Nominees

C. Personal Backgrounds of Judicial Appointees

III. The Nature of Judicial Decision Making

A. Legal Influences on Judicial Decisions

B. Political Influences on Judicial Decisions

1. Inside the Court: Judges’ Political Beliefs

2. Outside the Court: The Public, Groups, and Elected Officials

IV. Judicial Power and Democratic Government

A. Originalism Theory vs. Living Constitution Theory

B. Judicial Restraint vs. Judicial Activism

C. What Is the Judiciary’s Proper Role?




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