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U.S. Politics

The Judicial Branch - Political System USA

The federal court system plays a critical role in protecting the rights and liberties guaranteed to the American people. Federal courts can strike down any legislation, at any level of government, if the courts determine that the legislation violates the nation's fundamental, democratic principles outlined in the Constitution.

To safeguard the authority and independence of the judiciary against the interests of the executive or legislative branches, the Constitution protects judges from political reprisal. The judicial branch consists of a system of courts spread throughout the country, with jurisdiction in both civil actions and to criminal cases arising under federal law.

The various types of federal courts are
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. District Courts
  • Special Courts

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