Dispute Resolution and Court Systems
In This Chapter
• Understanding the legal lingo
• Federal court jurisdiction
• State court jurisdiction
• How state and federal courts differ
• What happens in court
Contracts are designed to avoid disputes by making the intentions and responsibilities of the parties clear. In a similar way laws provide requirements and expectations for how individuals and businesses will act.
However, disputes will arise even under a carefully crafted contract. People will break the law. In those situations, dispute resolution or the court system is used to resolve the dispute or prosecute the crime. This chapter surveys federal and state jurisdiction before turning to how to determine which law applies.