American Courts: History, Development & The Dual-Court System

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The two parts of the dual-court system are _____.

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1. Which of the following has been a prominent debate in the development of the court system?

2. Which of the following determined the specific structure of the federal courts system, including the Supreme Court, and the number of chief justices, circuit courts, and district courts?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are two court systems in America, the federal courts and state courts. What you know about the history of courts in America can be assessed with this worksheet, which will cover topics such as Article III of the U.S. Constitution, the Judiciary Act of 1789 and the dual-court system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on key historical facts about the history of courts in America, including:

  • The parts of the dual-court system
  • The subjects of key debates when forming the court system
  • The name of the act that determined the specific structure of the federal court system
  • The role of Article III of the Constitution in forming the court system
  • The historical time-frame when there was no federal judiciary

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of America's dual-court system
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define phrases such as Constitutional Convention and federal court system
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the jurisdictional authority of state courts and of federal courts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Judiciary Act of 1789

Additional Learning

To learn more about courts in America, review the accompanying lesson about the history and development of courts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the purpose of the Constitutional Convention
  • Define the purpose of the federal court system
  • Identify the document that created the federal court system
  • Understand the purpose of the dual-court system
  • Know the act that defined the federal court system
  • Understand the key components of the federal court system authorized under that act
  • Differentiate the differences between state and federal courts
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