Federalism. and the Legal Appeal Process . Federalism. What is it? The division of power between the states and the federal government. Why is it important to us? It helps creates the essential framework for how laws are created, enforced and interpreted. . A little Constitutional History.
and the Legal Appeal Process
The division of power between the states and the federal government.
It helps creates the essential framework for how laws are created, enforced and interpreted.
To further check the power of the federal government, the Constitution divided its authority into three branches. Each branch possesses unique powers (balance) and each can overrule some decision of the other. (checks)
Congress is empowered to write laws. These are called statutes.
The President and federal agencies are empowered to enforce the law.
Courts are empowered to interpret the laws.
“The process by which courts decide whether laws passed by Congress or state legislatures are constitutional.”
“Separate but Equal”
From Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
To Brown v. Board of Education (1954)