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Branches of Federal Government

The Executive Branch is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws. This branch consists of the President, Vice President, Cabinet, and many other departments and agencies.

The Cabinet

The President is also supported by the Cabinet who serve as his advisors and lead the executive departments that are responsible for enforcing and administrating federal laws.

The Judicial Branch, consisting of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, was entrusted with administering impartial justice. This branch is responsible for determining if a law is unconstitutional, interpreting the laws, and applying the law to different cases.

Raleigh Courthouse

Wilmington Courthouse

United States Courthouse
310 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27601

919.645.1750 (fax)

United States Courthouse
2 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

910.815.4518 (fax)

Clerk of Court
PO Box 25670
Raleigh, NC 27611
Phone: 919.645.1700

Clerk's Office


Congress also created three legislative or Article I courts, which are the U.S Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Tax Court. These courts do not have full judicial power.

The Legislative Branch is responsible for creating legislation, declaring war, and confirming or rejecting presidential appointments. This branch includes Congress and several supportive agencies.

Other Federal Resources


Corrections Resources

Intellectual Property Resources

Charters of Freedom

Main Library & Law Library
201 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone 910-798-6300

Northeast Regional Library
1241 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405
Phone 910-798-6370

Pine Valley Library
3802 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone 910-798-6390

Pleasure Island Library
1401 N. Lake Park Boulevard
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone 910-798-6380

Hours: Monday-Tuesday 9 am - 8 pm
Wednesday-Thursday 9 am - 6 pm
Friday-Saturday 9am - 5 pm
Sunday 1-5 (NC Room Closed)