Business ENewsletter December 15 2011

State Appellate Practice
The United States contains two co-existing judicial systems. One system includes the range of state and local courts established by individual state governments, and the other is the federal system created by the Constitution and Congress. The state courts have the general power to decide most cases within the confines of the US Constitution and Supreme Court decisions, the individual state's constitution and state law. The great bulk of legal proceedings take place at the state level because federal courts can resolve only those matters granted them by the US Constitution. Therefore, the general legal business of the country tends to occur in the state courts.