Overview of the US Supreme Court


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The U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating about a case in which Texas is questioning the validity of federal measures passed by Congress regarding gun control. They claim it abolishes the Second Amendment. No lower court has so far ruled on the issue. Why is this an example of the exercise of original jurisdiction?

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1. Based on Senate Bill 1 (1789), identify which of the following does NOT necessarily fall in the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court:

2. The Supreme Court is ruling on the appeal of a man who has robbed a bank and injured several people. The Oklahoma Federal Court previously sentenced him to death because several people were left with long-term injuries, and he is refusing to tell them where he hid the money. Why is this an example of appellate jurisdiction?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

As the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on legal conflicts and issues, particularly those that involve constitutional rights and powers. This quiz/worksheet combo tests you on the court's cases, as well as its structure and processes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Types of cases heard by the Supreme Court
  • A Writ of Certiorari
  • Number of Supreme Court justices
  • Term of Supreme Court justices

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the Supreme Court and its functions
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you cam accurately define main ideas such as appellate jurisdiction and Writ of Certiorari
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about justice numbers and term length from the related US Supreme Court lesson

Additional Learning

To find more information on the Supreme Court, review the lesson titled Overview of the US Supreme Court. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court
  • Know the court's appellate function
  • Explain the steps of requesting a legal review by the Supreme Court
  • Identify the structure and number of justices who sit on the Supreme Court
  • Review the requirements for having a case heard by the Supreme Court