What is the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?


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Which of the following CAN'T be heard by the Supreme Court under original jurisdiction?

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1. Why are approximately 150 cases per year considered by the Supreme Court?

2. Why did the Supreme Court preside over New Jersey v. Delaware (2008)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the meaning of the term 'original jurisdiction' as it relates to the US Supreme Court, as well as the relationship between lower courts and the Supreme Court.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • A description of the US Supreme Court
  • Meaning of 'original jurisdiction'
  • Appellate jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court
  • Trial location of two disputing states
  • Lower courts' relationship with the US Supreme Court

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Supreme Court
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding original jurisdiction and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the appellate jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about where a trial is held between two disputing states and the relationship between lower courts and the US Supreme Court

Additional Learning

To learn more about the judicial system, review the accompanying lesson titled What is the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of the US Supreme Court
  • Define the term 'original jurisdiction' as it relates to the Supreme Court
  • Tell the seven kinds of disputes the Supreme Court can hear under original jurisdiction
  • Compare and contrast original jurisdiction with appellate jurisdiction