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What is 'petitioning'?
 
What are the origins of the right to petition?
 
What does the petition clause in the First Amendment guarantee?
 
Can government entities besides Congress restrict petitioning?
 
What must the government do in response to petitioning?
 

The First Amendment does not mandate that the government consider the public’s petitions or actually provide any "redress." At a minimum, the government must have a mechanism for receiving complaints and grievances from the public, even if only to file them without consideration. Of course, due process — the guarantee that justice will be administered fairly — would apply if a citizen’s "petition" took the form of a court case.

 
 
Are SLAPP suits illegal?
 
Is lobbying considered a form of petition?
 
Do anti-SLAPP laws apply to online libel suits?
 
Do prisoners have access to law libraries and legal advisers as part of the freedom to petition?
 
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