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Congressional Quarterly's desk reference on American courts
Barnes, Patricia G.
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2000]

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ix, 301 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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KF8720 .B37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From learning the basic definition of a law to understanding how a case reaches the Supreme Court, this essential reference tool provides over 500 questions and accessible answers on the complex subject of the U.S. court system. Whether used by a citizen inquiring about jury duty or a student needing to grasp the intricacies of types of laws, CQ's Desk Reference on American Courts provides the answers on such topics as: Explanations of the judicial process and procedures. State and federal court institutions. Definitions, concepts, and terms. Discussions of important cases and interesting firsts.

Author Notes

Patricia G. Barnes received her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law.

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Booklist Review

These volumes have the same handy question-and-answer format as Congressional Quarterly's Desk Reference on American Government (1997) and Congressional Quarterly's Desk Reference on the Federal Budget [RBB Jl 98].

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Chapter I Introduction to the American Court Systemp. 1
Chapter II The Lawp. 3
In Generalp. 3
Types of Lawsp. 5
Immunitiesp. 8
Milestonesp. 9
Chapter III The U.S. Constitutionp. 15
In Generalp. 15
Individual Rights and Federal Powersp. 20
Chapter IV The Federal Court Systemp. 28
In Generalp. 28
The Supreme Court of the United Statesp. 42
U.S. Courts of Appeals: Intermediate Appellate Courtsp. 82
District Courts: Federal Trial Courtsp. 97
Courts of Special Jurisdictionp. 114
Chapter V State Constitutionsp. 124
In Generalp. 124
History and Notable Constitutionsp. 125
Chapter VI The State Court Systemp. 137
In Generalp. 137
State Appellate Courtsp. 153
State Courts of General Jurisdictionp. 173
State Courts of Special Jurisdictionp. 226
State Courts of Limited Jurisdictionp. 233
Reference Materialsp. 241
Constitution of the United Statesp. 242
Judiciary Act of 1789p. 258
Online Sources of Decisionsp. 274
How to Read a Court Citationp. 277
Glossary of Common Legal Termsp. 278
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 285