Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. This means that unlike in state courts where you can file almost any type of lawsuit, by law, federal courts may only hear limited types of cases. Article III of the United States Constitution gives federal courts this limited right.→ Read More
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Determining the appropriate jurisdiction and venue in which to file a lawsuit can be like trying to figure out a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Some jurisdictional requirements are fairly straightforward. However, because every state has its own set of rules on where to file a law suit, the process of deciding exactly where you should file a lawsuit will depend on the jurisdiction and venue requirements for your state, any other state involved in your controversy, and the individual facts applicable to your case.→ Read More
My ex lives in New York and I live in Virginia. Can I serve him with a subpoena for court in Virginia while he is in New York, or does he have to be physically present in Virginia to be served?
Discussion of when a person has sufficient minimum contacts with a state to be served in that state.→ Read More
The kind of cases that a court gets to hear are determined by the ‘subject matter jurisdiction’ that the court has. A federal court has exclusive jurisdiction (i.e. is the only court that gets to hear) cases arising out of the US Constitution, as well as some other limited types of cases like bankruptcy cases and tax cases. Other than these limited excepts, state courts can handle pretty much everything else.→ Read More
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