In the United States, a state court has jurisdiction over disputes with some
connection to a U.S. state, as opposed to the federal government. State courts
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State courts have broad jurisdiction, so the cases individual citizens are most
likely to be involved in -- such as robberies, traffic violations, broken contracts,
State courts are courts of "general jurisdiction". They hear all the cases not
specifically selected for federal courts. Just as the federal courts interpret federal
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Courts' jurisdiction, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. In many
instances, state courts can hear matters of federal law, and federal courts can
This type of jurisdiction is called “original jurisdiction.” Sometimes, the jurisdiction
of state courts will overlap with that of federal courts, meaning that some cases ...
In determining whether state courts are allowed to entertain jurisdiction over
federally created causes of action, the Supreme Court has applied a presumption
The analysis presented in Examining the Work of State Courts is derived in part
from the data found in ... Jurisdiction and State Court Reporting Practices, 2010.
In order to understand the principles of federal and state court jurisdiction, it is
essential to have a clear understanding of how the American judicial system ...