Federal Court System

Reagan Howell

District Courts

Do you have a court case? Well you're in the right spot! All trials are held here in the District Courts and this is where all the lawsuits begin!
Did you know District Courts have Original Jurisdiction? This means that the District Courts have the authority to hear the case for the first time!

Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals is the 2nd level in the federal court system! Here they review decisions that are made in the district courts.
Unlike the District Courts the Court of Appeals has Appellate Jurisdiction. They have the authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court!

Federal Court System

Life Terms

Federal Judges are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. Only Supreme Court Justices serve for life. They serve for life terms. This means they can serve as long as they want.

Other Government Officials

Magistrate Judges can decide whether an accused person should be held in jail or released on bail. They follow the Judges routine work and hear preliminary evidence to decide whether a case should go to trial.
US Attorneys are government lawyers who prosecute people accused of breaking federal laws.
US Marshall's make arrest, collect fines, take convicted people to prison. They also protect jurors, keep order in court and serve subpoenas.