Legal System

The legal system in the United States is not composed of a single set of laws and courts. Instead, there exists an inter-connected web of laws, regulations, and courts that stretch across the country, both at the state level and the federal level. Both the federal and state court systems have a hierarchy that allows higher courts to review decisions made by lower courts. Additionally, both the federal and state court systems have civil and criminal courts. FindLaw's Legal System section provides a closer look at the way the U.S. court system is set up, with an in-depth look into the U.S. federal court system and state court cases. In this section, you can also find information about civil courts, including articles about class action lawsuits, tips on negotiating a settlement, the judge's role in court, and a helpful glossary with terms related to courts and the law.