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U.S. Judicial Branch (Courts): Introduction

Guide to resources from the Judicial branch (Federal Courts) of the U.S. Government.

Free Public Access to Government Information

Free public access to United States government documents in a federal depository library is guaranteed by law (44 USC §1911).  While UC Berkeley houses one of the most comprehensive collections of U.S. government documents in the country, the Library is one of over a thousand Federal Depository Libraries across the United States, and one of several Federal Depository Libraries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Intro to the Judicial Branch


Created by Article III of the U.S. Constitution, the Federal Court system is comprised of the Supreme Court. Congress divided the nation into districts and created federal courts for each district under Article I, Section 8. The present structure includes:

Congress retains the power to create and abolish federal courts, as well as to determine the number of judges in the federal judiciary system. See also: History of the Federal Judiciary via Federal Judicial Center.

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