The Federal Court System
Module 6 Lesson 1 Mastery Assignment: Mindy Tran
Court of Appeals
These federal court judges are serving life terms.
There are three possible outcomes of the hearing: the court upholds the original decision, reverse it, or remands the case.
One judge also writes an opinion which explains the legal reasoning behind the court's decision. These opinions set precedents for other judges to follow in similar cases.
- circuit: particular geographic areas
- life term: serving for however long a judge wants to serve
- remand: send the case back to be tried in the district court
- opinion: legal thinking of a court's decision in a case
- precedent: a model to follow for judges in similar cases based on former decisions made in court