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What serves as the arbiter in questions of state vs national power?

In the US, the Supreme Court is the highest level of arbitration.


Which branch of government decides whether laws follow the constitution?

the judicial branch can decide if laws agree with the constitution


Is the Court of Appeals the newest level of court in Arizona?

No.


How are amendments approved at the national level?

The amendments are approved at the national level usually by congress and proposed to the states.


Explain how a criminal case can go from district court to an appeals court and then the supreme court?

Criminal cases heard at the Federal District Court level may be "appealed" to one of the Federal Appellate Courts based on an error that the District Court made. The Federal Appellate courts must hear cases appealed from the District Courts (in other words, you are guaranteed at least one appeal), however the Supreme Court is not required to hear cases appealed from the Appellate Court. After an unfavorable ruling at the Appellate Court level, the criminal defendant (or the United States/Prosecution) may seek a writ of certiori in order to appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will grant or deny the writ of certiori depending on several factors in the case (how notable is this case, is it a good "vehicle," is this an important issue, is it very contentious, is there a circuit split, is the decision patently wrong?). If the Court grants certiori, that means that they will hear it. If it denies the writ, the Appellate Court's judgment is final. Keep in mind that only a very small potion of cases make it to the Supreme Court level (less than one percent), so the cases that the Court decides to hear are always notable.

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Which of the branch decides whether follow the constitution?

The Judicial Branch of the government, which is divided as various courts on the state level and as the Supreme Court on the Federal level, decides whether laws are Constitutional or not.


Which of these government bodies decides if someone breaks a law on the state level?

Virginia Supreme Court


Which of these government bodies decides if someone breaks a law on the county level?

Roanoke County Court


What serves as the arbiter in questions of state vs national power?

In the US, the Supreme Court is the highest level of arbitration.


Which branch of government decides whether laws follow the constitution?

the judicial branch can decide if laws agree with the constitution


The lowest level of the federal court system is?

In US the lowest level of court is District Court.


What national level policymaking institution does the NAACP target?

Judicial branch and sometimes the Legislative branch. main target is the supreme court(judicial branch).


Who decides the legal age for drinking alcohol?

The legal drinking age is decided on state-level, but the National Minimum Drinking Age Act from 1984 sets a legal drinking age of 21. If the state doesen't keep it at 21 they can loose money from the national highway funding.


What decides how much energy you need?

Age, gender, fitness level, level of physical activity are the main contributors.


What is the lowest level of court in the federal court system?

district court


What court is the lowest level court in Jamaica?

Petty Sessions Court


How many levels are in the federal court system?

Three:Trial level (primarily US District Courts)Appellate level (US Court of Appeals Circuit Courts)Supreme Court (US Supreme Court)