Basics of American Legal Structure

We are compiling some useful resources about our legal system.  

 
 
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The Judiciary

We know that courts resolve disputes.  They tell us who wins between the people (or entities) that are plaintiffs or defendants in court.  But which cases belong in which court?  And what is the hierarchy for appeals? 

 
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THE LEGISLATURE

We know that Congress passes laws.  But did you know that all federal laws are "codified" (published) in the same massive book? Find out how the United States Code is organized.

 
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THE EXECUTIVE

We know the President leads the Executive branch. But it's the agencies that keep the federal government running. The agencies create hundreds of thousands of rules that "implement" federal policies. Learn how they function and where they get their power.