The State Court System of the United States: Definition & Structure


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Why are governmental powers shared between the federal government and state governments?

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1. Which of these is a feature of lower state courts?

2. Why would a defendant appeal a case to the state appellate court?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

State court systems can vary by state, but they all involve a hierarchy of courts. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the state court system. You'll be tested on areas that include the concept of federalism, types of state courts and their roles in the judicial system, and jurisdiction of state courts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of the U.S. state court system:

  • Concept of two separate court systems
  • Other names for state courts
  • Appellate process in state courts
  • When the U.S. Supreme Court can hear a state case

Skills Practiced

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

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of a state court system
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the structure and role of state courts and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding roles of state courts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the state court system in the United States

Additional Learning

To learn more about the state court system, review the accompanying lesson titled The State Court System of the United States: Definition & Structure. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The constitutional concept of federalism
  • Types of state courts
  • Roles of various state courts
  • State court jurisdiction