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Discuss the origins and characteristics of the law and legal system of the US as well as the function and fields of the system of the law of the US through the jurisprudence of American federal and state courts and constitutions and legal codes of the republic and its constitutive states. Finally, discuss how it all comes together to impact the individuals and organizations in society.

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Characteristics and design of American Legal System

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Jurisprudence in the American judicial system of law is predicated upon The Principle of Stare Decisis wherein the origin of law as we know it today has evolved over centuries from the requirement that courts must follow decisions of higher level courts within the same jurisdiction. This legacy of precedent has enabled the development of reasonably predictable and consistent sets of laws to emerge based upon the Hierarchical Court system of the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in the land followed by the Federal Circuit court system that is based upon Federal District Courts at the bottom and followed by Federal Court of Appeals.

In America's judicial system, jurisdiction is extremely important and represents two pertinent meanings including the formal power of courts to exercise judicial authority over particular matters while another ...

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