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The city is headed by an elected mayor who is limited to two consecutive four-year terms but can run for the position again after an intervening term. The legislative branch, the Philadelphia City Council, consists of ten council members representing individual districts and seven members elected at large. Philadelphia is split between four congressional districts.
The Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas is the trial court of general jurisdiction for Philadelphia. It is funded and operated largely by city resources and employees. The Philadelphia Municipal Court handles matters of limited jurisdiction. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the court of last resort in the state, regularly hears arguments in Philadelphia City Hall.
The federal government plays a large role in Philadelphia as well. The city served as the capital city of the United States, before the construction of Washington, D.C. Today, the East Coast operations of the United States Mint are based near the historic district, and the Federal Reserve Bank's Philadelphia division is based there as well. Philadelphia is also home to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


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