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Ch 18: MTTC Political Science: U.S. Judicial Branch

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With the lessons and assessments of this chapter review the power and structure of the U.S. judicial branch as you study for the MTTC Political Science test.

MTTC Political Science: U.S. Judicial Branch - Chapter Summary

The short, engaging video lessons of this chapter are taught by professional instructors who aim to help you improve your understanding of the role of the U.S. judicial branch. Use these videos to prepare for MTTC Political Science exam questions about:

  • Federal judiciary power
  • The structure of the U.S. federal court system
  • Differences between original and appellate jurisdiction
  • The system of checks and balances
  • Steps in judicial decision making
  • Selection process of Supreme Court justices and other federal judges
  • Landmark Supreme Court cases

After watching these video lessons, complete the accompanying practice quizzes to test your mastery of the material. When you discover topics you don't understand, return to them using the video tags.

8 Lessons in Chapter 18: MTTC Political Science: U.S. Judicial Branch
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The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

1. The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

Federal judges and Supreme Court justices make their decisions using different rationales and theories. This lesson explores the power of the federal judiciary, including a discussion of judicial review and judicial activism.

The Federal Court System of the United States: Definition, Structure & Levels

2. The Federal Court System of the United States: Definition, Structure & Levels

The United States has two separate court systems: the federal and the state. This lesson explores the federal court system of the Unites States, including its structure and jurisdiction.

Original Versus Appellate Jurisdiction: Definition & Differences

3. Original Versus Appellate Jurisdiction: Definition & Differences

Federal courts can have either original jurisdiction or appellate jurisdiction. Some courts have both types of jurisdiction. This lesson explains the difference between original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction in the federal court system.

Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples

4. Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples

Our federal government is divided into three branches. Each of the three branches holds certain checks and balances on the other two branches. This lesson explores the major checks and balances on the power of the United States Supreme Court.

Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants

5. Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants

A case will go through several steps before it can reach the U.S. Supreme Court. This lesson explains the participants, steps, and decision making involved in the appellate process. We will examine how a case can end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Selection of Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges: Process & Tenure

6. The Selection of Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges: Process & Tenure

All federal judges are appointed by the United States President, and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, including the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. This lesson explains the process of selecting federal judges and their tenure once selected.

Landmark Cases Based on Constitutional Articles

7. Landmark Cases Based on Constitutional Articles

This lesson will take a look at a collection of Supreme Court cases that have shaped how the Court has settled conflicts between different levels of government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Landmark Cases Based on Constitutional Amendments

8. Landmark Cases Based on Constitutional Amendments

The following lesson will cover a set of landmark Supreme Court decisions that serve to protect the rights of citizens given to us through our Constitution's amendments. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

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