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About Courts Generally:
Courts resolve disputes.
Disputes are arguments between people based on laws.
Courts decide whether the law supports the person who filed the case or the person sued.
Cases start in trial court. Losers at trial court can appeal. The Supreme Court is the last stop.
State vs. federal
Only some cases belong in federal court.
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