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- Examine the structure of the states' lower, appellate and supreme courts.
- Explore judicial interpretation, judicial activism and judicial review.
- Describe the structure and jurisdictions of the U.S. federal court system.
- Learn about the steps involved in the U.S. Appellate and Supreme Court decision-making processes.
- Discuss checks and balances on the powers of the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Detail the contrasts between appellate and original jurisdiction.
- Get information about selection processes and tenure for federal judges and Supreme Court justices.
- Understand how interest groups influence policy through litigation.
1. The State Court System of the United States: Definition & Structure
The United States has two separate court systems: the federal and the state. Each state has its own set of state courts. This lesson explains state courts, including the structure and jurisdiction of state court systems.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy
Interest groups achieve their goals through a number of different ways. One strategy uses litigation in order to influence policy. This lesson explains the use of litigation by interest groups.
9. What is Sovereignty? - Definition & Meaning
In this lesson, we will learn about the meaning of sovereignty. We will take a closer look at what it takes to become recognized as a sovereign nation by a government's own citizenry and by the world as a whole.
10. Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Cases
In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of a landmark Supreme Court case. We will take on the issue of segregation as an example of how two cases can be very important in shaping the United States throughout history.
11. Freedom of Religion Supreme Court Cases
Freedom of religion guarantees the right to practice beliefs without government interference. Important Supreme Court cases discuss both the establishment and free exercise clauses. In this lesson, we will learn about freedom of religion in the United States.
12. Freedom of the Press Supreme Court Cases
Freedom of the press is a vital part of our democracy. In this lesson, we will discuss how the First Amendment protections for freedom of the press have developed over time.
13. Freedom of Speech Supreme Court Cases
Freedom of speech cases offer insight into the ways the First Amendment has been interpreted over time. In this lesson, we will learn about some important free speech cases.
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