My Experience

In the Federal Court System

Learning about the System

I went to the Federal Court System today, and man I learned a lot in one day. I learned about the US Marshall, US Attorney, Life Terms, Precedent, Opinion, Remand, Circuit, Appellate Jurisdiction, Original Jurisdiction, District Courts, and Court of Appeals. I even got to meet the Magistrate Judge, US Marshall, and the US Attorney. They taught me so much, I think I'm even interested in pursuing this career.

The Stuff I Learned

For example, The U.S. Marshall makes arrests, they collect fines, and take convicted people to prison. They also have responsibilities such as protecting jurors and they keep order in the court. Also, I was introduced to the U.S. Attorney and i learned a lot of facts about this job. Just to name a few, they look into charges and present the evidence in court. Also, they represent the United States in civil case involving the government. When I talked to the Magistrate Judge, the man or woman who decides whether accused people should be held in jail or released on bail, he told me the difference between original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction. An original jurisdiction is the authority to hear a case for the first time. However, an appellate jurisdiction is when the authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court. Although, I didn't get to sit in during the case, I walked past a district court where a trial was going on. Before I left, they explained to me the U.S. Court of Appeals. In one sentence, the U.S. Court of Appeals is the next highest court under the District Court for people who lose in District Court. I had fun today learning about the Federal Court System.