LeoGlossary: Court (Legal)

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In the legal sense, a court is a body authorized by law to hear and decide legal disputes. Courts are typically presided over by a judge or judges, who are responsible for applying the law to the facts of the case and making a decision. Courts also have the power to enforce their decisions, which may involve ordering parties to pay money, perform certain actions, or refrain from certain actions.

There are two main types of courts in the United States: federal courts and state courts. Federal courts have jurisdiction over cases involving federal law, such as cases involving the Constitution, federal statutes, and treaties. State courts have jurisdiction over cases involving state law, such as cases involving contracts, torts, and criminal law.

There are also a number of specialized courts in the United States, such as bankruptcy courts, family courts, and juvenile courts. These courts have jurisdiction over specific types of cases, such as bankruptcy cases, divorce cases, and delinquency cases.

Here are some examples of what courts do:

  • Hear and decide civil lawsuits, such as breach of contract cases, negligence cases, and personal injury cases
  • Hear and decide criminal cases, such as theft cases, assault cases, and murder cases
  • Conduct trials, during which evidence is presented and witnesses are questioned Issue rulings and orders, which are legally binding on the parties involved in the case
  • Enforce their decisions, which may involve ordering parties to pay money, perform certain actions, or refrain from certain actions
  • Courts play an important role in society by protecting individual rights and ensuring that the law is applied fairly. They also help to resolve disputes and maintain order.


The history of courts in the legal system can be traced back to ancient civilizations. For example, the ancient Egyptians had a system of courts that was responsible for resolving disputes and enforcing the laws of the land. The ancient Greeks and Romans also had well-developed court systems.

In Europe, the development of courts was influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. The Church had its own courts, which were responsible for trying cases involving religious law. In addition, the Church played a role in developing the common law, which is the system of law that is used in many countries today.

In England, the first royal courts were established in the 11th century. These courts were responsible for trying cases involving the King and his subjects. Over time, the English court system became more complex, and different types of courts were established to handle different types of cases.

In the United States, the federal court system was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789. This law created the Supreme Court of the United States and the lower federal courts. The state courts were established by the constitutions of the individual states.

The development of courts in the United States has been shaped by a number of factors, including the following:

  • The Constitution of the United States, which establishes the judicial branch of government and guarantees certain rights to individuals, such as the right to a fair trial.
  • The common law, which is a system of law that is based on precedent, or the decisions of judges in previous cases.
  • The federal system of government, which divides power between the federal government and the state governments.
  • The separation of powers, which divides the government into three branches: the legislative branch, the executive branch, and the judicial branch.

Courts have played an important role in the development of the United States. They have helped to protect individual rights, resolve disputes, and maintain order.


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