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International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 3rd Edition by Charles J. Glasser, Jr.

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Chapter 6

United States

Thomas H. Golden and Casey Boyle

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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Introduction to the U.S. Legal System

The U.S. legal system is modeled largely on the British common-law system. There are, primarily, two distinct court systems in the United States: the state systems of each of the 50 states and the federal system. Each state has at least one Federal District Court, which, with the exceptions of bankruptcy, tax, and other specialized matters, is the federal court of first instance. Judges in the federal system are appointed by the president and serve life ...

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