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GO 111: Introduction to American Politics: THE COURTS & JUDICIAL POLICYMAKING

This guide presents some of the important resources in support of GO111: Introduction to American Politics available via the Colby Libraries and on the Web.

Constitutional Law

Use search terms such as Consititutional Law - United States; Separation of Powers-U.S.; Firearms- Law and Legislation; Executive Power - United States; War and Emergency Powers- US to locate books in the Colby Catalog.

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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