What Is the Court of Appeals? - Definition, Jurisdiction & Decisions

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What is a court of appeals?

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1. How are state court of appeals judges chosen?

2. When either a state court or federal court can hear a case, we say that both have _____ jurisdiction.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of courts of appeal and their jurisdiction and allow you to further understand their role and importance in our justice system. The quiz will ask you questions about the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit and ask you to define court of appeals.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • The method in which state court of appeals judges are chosen
  • Type of jurisdiction when either state or federal court can hear a case
  • Number of judges required to hear a case 'en banc'

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow students to use the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding the type of jurisdiction when both a state and federal court can hear a case
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as court of appeals
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how state court of appeals judges are chosen

Additional Learning

To learn more about the court of appeals in our judicial system, review the accompanying lesson, What Is the Court of Appeals? - Definition, Jurisdiction & Decisions. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define federalism
  • Learn how a case makes its way to a court of appeals
  • Understand the importance of courts of appeal
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