Federalist Papers – Essay #80

In Essay #80, The Powers of the Judiciary, Alexander Hamilton presents five principles of judicial authority and then shows how the proposed Constitution conforms to them. He describes the six kinds of cases over which there should be jurisdiction:

  • Cases that relate to federallaws,
  • Cases that relate to the USConstitution,
  • Cases that involve the USgovernment as a party in the case,
  • Cases that affect the“peace of the confederacy,”
  • Cases that involve maritimedisputes, and
  • Cases that might lead towar.

Hamilton uses historical examples to persuade people that the nationalcourt would be safer than state courts as a final arbiter and would not becomea tool of tyrants.

Credit for the summary and analysis of Essay #80 is given to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins(second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist PapersEssay #80 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 20 February 2019.

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