Federal Court System

Supreme Court

- Highest court in the federal system

- Meet in Washington D.C

- 9 Judges

- Appeals jurisdiction through the certiorari process

Courts of Appeal

- Intermediate level in the federal system

- no original jurisdiction, strictly appellate

- A court of appeals hears challenges to district court decisions from courts located within its circuit, as well as appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies.

District Court

- District courts resolve disputes by determining the facts and applying legal principles to decide who is right.

- There is at least one district court in each state