Federal Court System

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U.S. Supreme Court

  • There is no jury
  • Judges are called 'justices'
  • issues written opinion
  • has 9 justices
  • gets to choose which cases to take
  • just ask lawyers questions
  • requires a majority vote of judges to win
  • located in Washington, D.C.
  • has appellate jurisdiction
-the authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court
  • has a chief justice

Federal Appeals Court

  • There is no jury
  • usually has 3 judge panel
  • requires a majority vote of judges to win
  • has appellate jurisdiction
-the authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court

U.S. District Court

  • Must take all cases
  • there are 13 of such courts
  • has original jurisdiction
-the authority to hear a case for the first time