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Prior to that time, appeals from the decisions of the District Courts were heard by the Supreme Court or by Circuit Courts that no longer exist. 3). The nation is divided into twelve circuits, each comprising one or more federal judicial districts, plus one “federal circuit” that is authorized to grant appeals from decisions 22 VOLUME 1 SOURCES OF POWER AND RESTRAINT of specialized federal courts. Typically, the circuit courts hear appeals from the federal districts within their circuits. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, based in Atlanta, hears appeals from the District Courts located in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
It remained for the Supreme Court, in a bold stroke of legal and political genius, to assert this power. Marbury v. Madison The Supreme Court assumed the power to review legislation as early as 1796, when it upheld a federal tax on carriages as a valid exercise of the congressional taxing power (see Hylton v. United States). It is interesting to note that Alexander Hamilton, who, as a co-author of the Federalist Papers, had strongly endorsed judicial review, argued this case before the Supreme Court on behalf of the government.
Chief among them are standing, ripeness, mootness, exhaustion of remedies, and the political questions doctrine. ” is a stock phrase in American political rhetoric. Yet it is extremely difficult to get one’s case before the High Court. The Supreme Court uses its limited resources to address the most important questions in American law. The rectification of injustices in individual cases is usually accorded much lower priority. Case Selection There are three mechanisms by which the Supreme Court reviews lower court decisions.