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Judiciary Reference Guide

General Information State Judiciary Programs



General Information
State Court Websites Court Information

Oral Argumenti Briefsii

National Judicial Program Attorney Handbook American Bar Association


Explaining Judiciary
Roles of Judiciary Judicial Review Purpose and Deliverance of Oral Argument Example of Oral Argument The Mind of an Attorney

Key (possibly to-do) research


State Judiciary Programs

Alabama California Coloradoiii Connecticut Delawareiv Floridav Georgiavi Idaho Illinois Indianavii Kentuckyviii Louisiana Massachusetts Michigan Minnesotaix Mississippix Missourixi Montanaxii New Hampshirexiii New Jerseyxiv


State Judiciary Programs (cont.)

New Mexicoxv New York North Carolinaxvi Ohio Oklahomaxvii Pennsylvaniaxviii South Carolina Tennessee Texas Washington West Virginia Wisconsinxix


States with Judicial Review

General Note(CLICK)
Alabama California Delaware Georgia Illinois Kentucky Louisiana Massachusettsxx Missourixxi New Jersey New Yorkxxii Pennsylvania Tennessee Wisconsin



Time restraints for oral arguments vary from state to state Specific to Montana Y&G, exact layout/format varies from state to state iii Check here for more information(attorney general +chief justice). iv Now has 4 cases instead of 5 v Be sure to check the link to the Red Book at bottom of page for more in depth information. vi No one specific place you can find all information, to find the other information click the links on the rest of the page. vii Scroll to the Court Program section for everything you need viii Scattered around, view table of contents to find everything ix Only information available x Unsure if they have a specific location for information on judiciary xi Site is down as of this moment, link is correct. xii Note the small text-links at the bottom of each section. These all contain useful information. xiii Not yet available xiv Information spread out across the document xv Not Yet Available xvi Short reference guide while I find more information xvii Best in depth description of a YIG Mock Trial Court(not Appellate) xviii Also here xix Web Page Domain expired. xx Scroll down to Constitutional Challenges xxi Site is down, information will be available later xxii Scroll to number 4.

Take Care to be aware that there are other alternatives to judicial review. Most states that dont have judicial review incorporate its usage via an Attorney General, who simply acts as a Cabinet Member assisting the Governor/Legislature with issues of constitutionality.


Alabama expands the role of attorney general by granting it more power through judicial review. Throughout conference, delegates can challenge bills to be brought to the Supreme Court. Out of usually 200 challenges, 8-10 are chosen. The author of the bill is summoned to the Supreme Court chambers, where he gives a five minute argument why his bill is constitutional. Then the attorney general argues for five minutes why the bill is not constitutional. The Supreme Courts verdict determines the bills fate if it is ever signed into law.

New Jersey:
New Jersey has a unique form of judicial review. The Chief Justice selects three bills to be debated in regards to their constitutionality. During conference, the authors are summoned in for questioning, and if the Chief Justice found the bill is unconstitutional, it is struck down if signed into law.