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"The Legislative Branch creates the laws (in the chambers of Congress), the Judicial Branch interprets the laws (in the courts), and the Executive Branch enforces the laws (through regulations)."

The Judicial Branch of the United State Government encompasses the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts (U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Special Jurisdiction, and the U.S. Court of Appeals).  The Judicial Branch is sometimes referred to as the federal judiciary, meaning the system of US, or federal, courts that have the right and power to decide whether a law or act is constituitional. 

This page contains resources with general information about the Judicial Branch of government.  Consult the Government Research Basics page in the guide for other overiew resources.

To find information about specific aspects of the Judicial Branch of the United States Government, see the pages below:


Core Resources

U.S. Supreme Court Building

Supreme Court, West Facade

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...try using one of these Judicial Branch-specific pages: