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Harmon Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Crime An act that breaks the law and for which a punishment has been established.
Criminal Law The body of law that regulates the conduct of individuals as members of the state.
Civil Law The body of law that governes relationships among individuals and that defines peoples legal rights.
Common Law Customary law that develops from judges decisions and is followed in situations not covered by a stationary law.
Precedent An earlier court decision that guides judges decisions in later cases.
Appeal The right of a convicted person to ask a higher court to review his or her case.
Jurisdiction The authority to interpret and admister the law; also the range of authority.
Justices Judges of the Supreme Court.
Judicial Review The power of the U.S. Supreme court to determine if a law is passed by congress or a presidential action is in accord with the constution.
Remund To return an appealed case to a lower court for a new trial.
Concurring Opinion A statement written by a Supreme Court justices who agrees with the majorities decision but for differnet reasons.
Dissenting Opinion A statement written by a Supreme Court justice who disagrees with the majorties decision.
Created by: tybutler290