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Political Question Doctrine

Learn about the prohibition against federal court adjudication of disputes involving the other branches of government.


I.          Introduction

The American system of government was designed with three, coequal branches. And no branch has the authority to oversee another. That means that the federal judiciary doesn’t have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the other branches of government or to second-guess their actions. What the federal courts do have the authority to do, however, is determine whether another governmental branch’s particular act or omission...