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The Judicial Branch

Mr. O'Connor

Vocabulary from Unit 4, Chapters 11-12 of Holt's American Government

grandjury ____ law: covers actions forbidden by society's government
loose ____ law: involves disputes between private parties
parole the term of a federal judicial appointment
stare ____ contructionist: believing that the law should be interpreted exactly as written
district legal proceeding where the accused is notified of the charge and asked to enter a plea
arraignment court order requiring a person's presence
administrative ____ law: body of law based on judicial rulings
Marshall a court calendar or schedule
misdemeanor ____ jurisdiction: power to review lower court cases
original serious crime for which the penalty is more than a year in prison
activism formal accusation
restraint ____ court: trial court of the federal system
voirdire ____ law: interpretation of the regulations made by departments and agencies
brief ____ law: laws passed by elected officials, as in legislatures or Congress
amicus ____ curiae: "friend of the court" briefs written by groups who are not a party to a case
statutory ____ decisis: upholding precedents of earlier courts
precedent limited judicial power
probation written legal argument
certiorari questioning of potential jurors (2 wds)
docket ____ opinion: disagrees with the majority outcome and reasoning
appellate judicial intervention
bail one of 13 US Courts of Appeals covers a large judicial district called this
felony ____ courtesy: allowing legislators the privilege of approving a nominee in their state
concurring citizens impaneled to decide if a government has enough evidence to try someone (2 wds)
subpoena ____ opinion: agrees with the majority outcome
senatorial Four justices must agree to hear a case in order for a case to be granted this legal writ
dissenting less serious crime for which the penalty is less than a year in jail
criminal ____ jurisdiction: authority to hear a case's initial trial
jurisdiction sentence where a convicted person is allowed to remain free under supervision and restriction
indictment previous court ruling that serves as a guiding principle
plaintiff ____ constructionist: believing that the law should be interpreted relative to current conditions
circuit chief justice who changed the Supreme Court into a true co-equal branch
strict early release from prison
common complainant in a civil suit
civil amount an accused person must deposit with a court to be released while awaiting trial
lifetime explanation of a judge's reasoning in reaching a decision
opinion authority to interpret and administer the law

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