Mod 6 Lesson 1

District courts

Federal courts where trials are held and Lawsuit start.

Original Jurisdiction

Authority to hear a case for the first time.

Court appeals

The federal court that reviews decisions made in the district courts.

Appellate Jurisdiction

The authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court

Circuit

A geographic area of a US court of appeals.

13th Appeals Court

The court of Appeals for the federal circuit with nation wide jurisdiction

Remands

Send back the lower court to be tried again

Opinion explains legal thinking behind courts decisions in the case

explains legal thinking behind courts decisions in the case

Precedent

Model for other judges to follow in the making their own decisions on similar cases

Life terms

When someone can hold office for as long as they want

Magistrate judges

Decide whether accused be held in jail or released in bail

Us attorneys

Government lawyer who protects people accused of breaking federal laws.

Us marshal

makes arrests, collects fines, taxes etc