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Government: United States Government: Judicial Branch

The Supreme Court

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Overview of the Federal Judiciary

The judicial branch of the United States government was established by Article III of the United States Constitution, and is comprised of: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts.

    The federal judiciary also includes legislative courts, created by Congress, which do not have full judicial power. They include: U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Veterans' Appeals.

      For a more detailed overview of the federal judiciary, see:

      Encyclopedias

      For more detailed information regarding the Supreme Court and related topics, see:

      Supreme Court Documents

      Cases & Opinions

      Briefs

      Oral Arguments

      For more in-depth information regarding federal cases,
      including the lower courts, see the Legal Research guide.

      Related Guides

      For more in-depth information regarding federal cases,
      including the lower courts, see the Legal Research guide.

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