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A court is a tribunal, often as a government institution, with the authority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in civil, criminal, and administrative matters in accordance with the rule of law. In both common law and civil law legal systems, courts are the central means for dispute resolution, and it is generally understood that all persons have an ability to bring their claims before a court. Similarly, the rights of those accused of a crime include the right to present a defense before a court.
The system of courts that interprets and applies the law is collectively known as the judiciary. The place where a court sits is known as a venue. The room where court proceedings occur is known as a courtroom, and the building as a courthouse; court facilities range from simple and very small facilities in rural communities to large buildings in cities.
The practical authority given to the court is known as its jurisdiction (Latin: jus dicere') – the court's power to decide certain kinds of questions or petitions put to it. According to William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, a court is constituted by a minimum of three parties: the actor or plaintiff, who complains of an injury done; the reus or defendant, who is called upon to make satisfaction for it, and the judex or judicial power, which is to examine the truth of the fact, to determine the law arising upon that fact, and, if any injury appears to have been done, to ascertain and by its officers to apply a legal remedy. It is also usual in the superior courts to have barristers, and attorneys or counsel, as assistants, though, often, courts consist of additional barristers, bailiffs, reporters, and perhaps a jury.
The term "the court" is also used to refer to the presiding officer or officials, usually one or more judges. The judge or panel of judges may also be collectively referred to as "the bench" (in contrast to attorneys and barristers, collectively referred to as "the bar"). In the United States, and other common law jurisdictions, the term "court" (in the case of U.S. federal courts) by law is used to describe the judge himself or herself.
In the United States, the legal authority of a court to take action is based on personal jurisdiction, subject-matter jurisdiction, and venue over the parties to the litigation.
FEDERAL JUDGE DENIES MOTION TO DISMISS SAF/NRA I-1639 COURT CHALLENGE
A U.S. District Court judge in Tacoma has denied a motion by defendants to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging Washington State’s gun control Initiative 1639, ruling that law-abiding gun owners and firearms retailers do not...
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2019) — Today, counsel for Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF), and The Calguns Foundation (CGF) have submitted an important brief with the United States Supreme Court calling for the City of New York’s unconstitutional firearm law to be...
Interesting case. They make some good points like at the time that the Parking Nazi chalks your tire, you've done nothing wrong or even given any indication of potential wrong doing. And further, that chalking the tire constitutes a trespass...albeit a fairly slight trespass.
So what do you...
Bumpstocks are a bit of a black sheep and not many people want to take up their legal defense. If this recent decision at the trial court level holds up on appeal, the bumpstock issue could become a real danger to firearm ownership in general: Federal judge upholds ATF ban on bump stocks set...
Supreme Court Rules Against Excessive State Fines
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that states may not impose excessive fines, extending a bedrock constitutional protection but potentially jeopardizing asset-forfeiture programs that help fund police operations with...
California's ban on all new pistol models: Supreme Court amicus brief
Can a state ban all new handguns? According to a 2-1 panel of the Ninth Circuit, the answer is yes. A pending cert. petition asks the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the question.
SCOTUS declines to take gun rights case that also challenged Whitaker appointment as acting AG
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Well. There you have it. A declaration that previously convicted felons will forever be branded second class citizens due to being felons for any reason.
So the old saying of...
POTUS can call up his next nominee.
Until they announce it, she'll be voting like the other democrats from the funeral home.
I'm not sure what killed her, the cancer or pneumonia afterwards?
Maybe somebody threw a bucket of water on her.
A judge has expressed concern that law enforcement response takes too long in the courthouse. He also is concerned that law enforcement presence in the courtroom has declined in recent times.
Welcome to the world of ordinary people! :rolleyes:
Judge voices concern over court security