A legal overview of section 1983 civil rights litigation if a governmental police department in contrast to a private security company was involv. Constitutional litigation under section 1983 and the bivens doctrine in the october 2008 term martin a schwartz introduction section 1983 is the major enforcer of individual federal constitutional rights it authorizes individuals to enforce their constitutional rights against state and local officials for example. The appendix to constitutional litigation under 1983 includes the text of relevant provisions in the united states constitution together with the text of pertinent statutes and procedural rules constitutional litigation under 1983 is also accompanied by a comprehensive teachers manual available only to professors. 42 usc 1983 overview popular pages a state is not a person subject to suit under section 1983 6 in addition to providing a remedy for deprivations of constitutional rights section 1983 also makes actionable violations of federal laws 52 . Home experience civil litigation section 1983 and bivens lawsuits if a police officer or other government official violates your constitutional rights a section 1983 lawsuit may allow you to recover damages but most section 1983 lawsuits and bivens claims are brought when an official of the state or federal government
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