The State and Federal Courts: A Complete Guide to History, Powers, and Controversy, 1st Edition

  • Christopher P. Banks
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  • ISBN-10: 1440841462
  • ISBN-13: 9781440841460
  • DDC: 347.73
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 513 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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How does the American judiciary impact the development of legal and social policies in the United States? How are the state and federal court systems constructed? This book answers these questions and many others regarding politics, the U.S. courts, and society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: History of the Judiciary: Federal and State.
2: Roles, Functions, and Powers.
3: Structure and Process.
Political Issues and Controversies of the Judicial Branch.
4: Constitutional Politics and Democratic Principles.
5: Judicial Review.
6: Constitutional Interpretation.
7: Judicial Activism and Restraint.
8: Judicial Federalism.
9: State Ballot Initiatives and Referendums.
10: Judicial Access, Independence, and Accountability.
11: Public Access to Courts.
12: Cameras in the Courtroom.
13: Judicial Specialization.
14: Adverseness and Advisory Opinions.
15: Jurisdictional Doctrines and Procedures.
16: Judicial Independence.
17: Court Curbing.
18: Political Restraints on Judicial Power.
19: The Politics of Judicial Selection and Removal.
20: State Courts.
21: Merit Plans.
22: Partisan Judicial Elections and Political Money.
23: Judicial Campaigns and the First Amendment.
24: Judicial Recusal.
25: Federal Courts.
26: Presidential Appointments and Court Packing.
27: The Role of the American Bar Association.
28: Filibusters of Presidential Nominations to the Federal Bench.
29: Blue Slips.
30: Supreme Court Hearings.
31: Impeachment and Removal of Federal Judges.
32: Political Controversies in State and Federal Courts.
33: Incorporation Doctrine.
34: Same-Sex Marriage.
35: The Affordable Care Act.
36: Freedom of Speech.
37: Campaign Finance.
38: Religious Freedom.
39: Gun Ownership Rights and Restrictions.
40: Property Rights.
41: Defendants’ Rights.
42: Mandatory Sentencing.
43: Capital Punishment.
44: Privacy Rights.
45: Abortion Restrictions.
46: Racial Discrimination.
47: Affirmative Action.
48: Gerrymandering.
49: Voting Rights.
Glossary of Concepts, Laws, and People.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Editor and Contributors.