Court Comparison Contrast Paper
625 WordsMay 20th, 20123 Pages
Week 2 Learning Team B Assignment Court Comparison Contrast Paper
States and federal court system
The state court system is diverse and each state has its own judiciaries. The state has organized systems of courts and special court groups. Inferior courts are the lowest level of state courts that includes municipal, magistrate, police, and county, justice of the peace, and traffic courts, sometimes informal with minor civil and criminal cases.
Superior court handles serious offenses known as state district court, circuit courts, and many others. Superior courts are by counties, hear appeals from inferior courts, have jurisdiction on major civil suits, serious crimes, and the nations jury trials occur.…show more content…
The next is the district courts, the United Stated courts of appeals, superior to one or more district courts composed of 11 judicial courts established in 1891 by Congress throughout 50 states with six to 27 judges in each. Courts of appeal have jurisdiction in cases involving challenges of orders of a federal regulatory agency as Securities and Exchange Commission (Columbial Electonic Encyclopedia, n.d).
The supreme court of the United States is the highest court of the federal system, mandated by the Constitution since 1869 composed of a chief justice and eight associate justices located in Washington, DC in hearing all final jurisdictions on cases. This court may review decisions from the United States courts of appeal and also choose to hear appeals from the state appellate courts if a federal constitutional issue is involved, possessing the original jurisdiction on limited cases involving high-ranking diplomats from other nations or between two states.
Other federal judiciary have group of courts to handle limited types of disputes, including special federal court of court of court of federal claims on monetary claims with Tax Courts and the United States government. Special court judges do not serve for life. Courts-martial for cases in the military are handled by the United States
Traffic Court Observation Paper
794 WordsFeb 6th, 20064 Pages
I decided to attend a night traffic court session at the Ventura Courthouse. The cases ranged from seat belt violations to reckless driving. Most of the defendants appeared before the court to request more time to pay the fines associated with the tickets. I was surprised to see that very few of the people in the courthouse were pleading not guilty. Only one person showed up to defend a case with legal help from an attorney of some sort. The first person to claim not guilty was charged with speeding. I tried to get as many of the details of the case as possible. The facts of the case were as follows: While driving on Bogus Avenue, the defendant was stopped by an Officer and was charged with violating CVC 22350. The charge was driving…show more content…
I was unaware that the law does not require drivers to stop for a predetermined length of time. The defendant pleaded Not Guilty to the charge of violating CVC 22450(a). The facts of the case were as follows: While exiting the 5 freeway, the defendant claims to have made a brief stop at a stop sign at the intersection at the end of the off ramp. After the stop, she proceeded to turn right through the intersection. Shortly thereafter, she was stopped by a officer and was charged with violating CVC 22450(a) - Failure to stop for stop sign. The defendant stated that she told the officer that she had stopped at the limit line as required. The officer agreed and said: "You stopped, but you didn't stop long enough." The defendant stated that the officer seemed to indicate in this statement that he wanted her to stop for a longer period of time than she actually had. The defendant read from the California Vehicle Code, "the required length of time for a stop is defined in CVC 587 as Stop or stopping... shall mean any cessation of movement of a vehicle." The defendant then stated that she believed that any cessation of movement would include the stop she made. She then stressed that the officer, by his statements, seemed to believe that a set time period for a stop is required though no such set time length is actually provided for in the law. The defendant also offered that since many drivers do not stop at all at an uncontested stop, the officer may have not had