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Ch 17: The U.S. Federal Judicial System

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This chapter on the U.S. federal justice system will help you understand the steps and levels of the court system. Use our video lessons, self-check quizzes and end-of-chapter exam to review your knowledge of the U.S. federal courts.

The U.S. Federal Judicial System - Chapter Summary

Our engaging video lessons may be brief, but they will provide you with a rich and comprehensive understanding of the U.S. federal judicial system. These efficient and fun videos can help you better enhance your knowledge of the history and process of U.S. courts by:

  • Defining key terminology
  • Demonstrating the power and consequence of the federal judiciary
  • Breaking down the judicial decision making process step-by-step
  • Describing how Constitutional checks and balances affect the Supreme Court's power
  • Outlining the process of selecting Supreme Court justices and federal judges
  • Examining how policies are influenced and enforced through litigation

Self-check assessments accompany each lesson in order to help you review your knowledge of the U.S. federal justice system. Text transcripts will help you quickly identify key definitions and concepts in context. If you find yourself struggling with concepts, you are encouraged to contact any of our highly qualified instructors with any questions. They're here to help!

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: The U.S. Federal Judicial System
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The State Court System of the United States: Definition & Structure

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.

The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

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.

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

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.

Judicial Decision Making: Steps & Participants

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.

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

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.

Original Versus Appellate Jurisdiction: Definition & Differences

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.

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

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.

Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

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.

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