For the Unit 3 seminar, we talked about a lot of important things. The U.S. Court System was a big part of our seminar. Federal or State jurisdiction, how do you know which one has it? Federal has limited jurisdiction to hear federal questions and cases. State Courts have jurisdiction to hear certain cases. We talked about Alternative Dispute Resolution. This was very helpful because it is something that was required to write about in our Unit 3 PowerPoint project. I didn’t know a lot about the court system before the Professor did this seminar, and I read this week’s reading. So, Professor Kroh doing this seminar really helped me to understand the structure and process of the courts. The United States has three branches of Government. We have the legislative, the executive branch, and the judicial. Each has an important role, so that they do not have too much power within one branch. We talked about, in the seminar, how each state also has its own structure of court systems. My particular state, Florida, has a four tier court system.
Jurisdiction was another big part of the seminar. We learned what it is, and who has it. For example, sometimes it is the geographical location that determines where the court hearing would take place and sometimes it will be the crime itself that will determine the jurisdiction. Each court has its own jurisdiction over different court hearings and trials. Learning how to tell the difference between federal and state jurisdiction has been very helpful. I never had known the difference. I learned from professor Kroh that either court must have subject-matter jurisdiction over the case. Federal courts also have limited jurisdiction to hear cases involving federal questions. State courts can only hear certain types of cases. Federal courts may use Diversity of Citizenship in order to obtain jurisdiction. This would require an amount greater than 75,000 dollars to be in controversy, and parties that are from two different states or...
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