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Judiciary Act of 1789

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Definition: 1789 law that created the Judicial Branch of the federal government. Among the things provided for in the Act:

  • the number of members of the Supreme Court (6)
  • the number of lower district courts (13)
  • the idea that the Supreme Court can settle disputes between states
  • the idea that a decision by the Supreme Court is final.

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The Supreme Court
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The New Nation
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The Judiciary Act of 1789
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Background and Text of the Judiciary Act
Understand the act better by reading the words.

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