The Federal Court System

Experiencing the Federal Court System? Here's what to know.

People

First off, there are a few people you should know. First, a US Marshall. This is a person who makes arrests, collects fines, and furthermore takes convicted people to prison. A US Marshall also keeps order in court, serves court subpoenas, and protects jurors who serve in court. Next is a US Attorney - this is a government lawyer who prosecutes people that have been accused of breaking a federal law. Lastly, you'll need to know what a Magistrate Judge does. Magistrate Judges are the people that decide if an accused person should be held in jail or receive bail and released until court. These people hear preliminary evidence and further determine if the case should go to trial or not.

Other Terms to be Familiar With...

Other Terms

There are three other terms you should be familiar with in regards to the Federal Court System; Life Terms, Remand, and Circuit. Life terms are when someone can hold office for as long as they would like. To remand is to send the case back to the lower court to be tried again. And lastly, a circuit is a geographic area of the US Court of Appeals.
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