The Court System: Trial, Appellate & Supreme Court


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In the case of a tree falling on a neighbor's house, which court would hear the case first?

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1. Which step is part of a criminal trial?

2. Which party files a civil suit?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of trial, appellate, and supreme courts. You will need to identify the purpose of each court and the roles that play out at the various levels.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Appellate court
  • Supreme Court cases
  • Civil actions
  • Steps in a criminal trial

Skills Practiced

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

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the function of each court to decide what types of cases they would hear
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the roles of each court in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as first court of instance
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as civil and criminal

Additional Learning

To learn more about the court system, review the accompanying lesson called The Court System: Trial, Appellate & Supreme Court. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the roles of each court
  • Identify the first court of instance
  • Understand the difference between civil and criminal matters
  • Explain what appellant and appellee are
  • Define a supreme courts role in the court system