Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants


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All of the following parties can appeal the decision of a federal trial EXCEPT _____.

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1. Steve was pulled over for speeding. His car was then searched, and the police found a gun that he was not permitted to have. Steve was found guilty in trial court but believes his constitutional rights were violated because the police did not have a warrant or probable cause to search his car. Although Steve's lawyer brought this up during the trial, the evidence was not presented. What must Steve's attorney prove to the Federal Court of Appeals?

2. How is a decision made in the Federal Court of Appeals?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to identify the steps used in judicial decision making with this worksheet/quiz combo. Topics you will be quizzed on include appeals and federal trial courts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet combo to review:

  • Appeals from a federal trial court
  • Who can't appeal the decisions from a federal trial court
  • Number of appeals judges to decide a case

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet can help you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding judicial decision making
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson
  • Knowledge application - used what you've learned to identify the term for the written version of a Supreme Court decision

Additional Learning

To learn more about judicial decision making, review the accompanying lesson Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define legal error
  • Differentiate appellee and appellant
  • Examine the purpose of a court record
  • Review the U.S. Supreme Court process
  • Define writ of certiorari