Federal Court System

Module Six Lesson One

US District Courts

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Original Jurisdiction - the authority to hear the case for the first time.


Hears both civil and criminal cases

Must take all cases

Where all lawsuits are started

US Courts of Appeal

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Appellate Jurisdiction - the authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court.


Review the decisions of the lower courts.

Determines if errors of law were made in lower court decisions

US Supreme Court

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Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court: Original and Appeal Jurisdiction


Final judge of all cases involving the law

Responsible for interpreting the laws of the Constitution

Work Sited

"Middle District of North Carolina." United State District Courts. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

Jeffery, Jeff. "North Carolina Courts No.2 in Judicial Election Spending Reports Say." Triangle Business Journal. Professional Services, 29 Oct. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

April. "Hi, I'm April." Looking in to NC Supreme Court. Word Press, 7 June 2012. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.