Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A branch of the United States government with power derived directly from the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts decide cases involving the U.S. Constitution, federal law -- for example, patents, labor law, federal taxes, and federal crimes, such as robbing a federally chartered bank. Federal courts may also decide cases where the parties are from different states and are involved in a dispute for $75,000 or more.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:16 pm