Federal Court System

By: Kaitlyn Williamson

U.S District Courts

  • This is where trials are held and law suits are made
  • District courts have Original Jurisdiction they the authority to hear a case for the first time
  • Each state has at least 1 district court

U.S Court of Appeals

  • People who lose in the district court usually come here
  • This court has Appellate Jurisdiction they have the authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court
  • Each of the 12 Appeals Court cover a certain geographic which is called a circuit

The Thirteenth Appeals Court

  • This is the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • They have Nationwide Jurisdiction
  • Judges of any Appeals court decide whether to uphold, reverse, or remand the cases.