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Law: Legal Research: Cases-Federal

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Federal Appeals Court Decisions

The Federal Court System

 Apart from specialized courts, the federal court system comprises the following:

The Supreme Court of the United States Most cases are appeals from lower courts. In addition to cases from lower federal courts, cases from state supreme courts which involve a point of federal law may be heard. The court has discretion to decide which cases will be considered.
U.S. Courts of Appeals (also called Circuit Courts of Appeals) Appellate courts which deal with appeals from the district courts in their circuit.
U.S. District Courts Trial courts which deal with violations of federal criminal law, disputes regarding federal laws or treaties, and some cases between residents of different states.


 Court Locator - Maps showing jurisdicitons of the various federal courts 


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