Federal Court System
How the Court System Works
Welcome to the District Court
- All states have at least one while larger ones may have more
- This is the only federal court that involves witnesses and juries.
Sitting in the District Court being accused of an armed robber July 2nd, 2014 at 15:27, although I was no where near the place the robbery took place. My lawyer has called up some of my friends and supervisors to speak on behalf to convince the jury that I am not capable of such thing and I have been framed. With everything unfolding I have a good feeling they are going to find me not guilty of all charges, but the unexpected happened, I lost-- found guilty.
On to the Appeal Court
- This is Appellate Jurisdiction --- - The authority to hear a case appealed from a lower court
- Each of the 12 U.S courts of appeals covers a particular geographic area -- circuit
- Appeals Court Do NOT hold trials, instead a panel of judges review the case records and listen to arguments from both sides.
- Those judges are appointed by President and approved by Senate
One Appellate Judge writes and opinion -- Explains the legal thinking behind the court’s decision in the case
- Opinion sets a precedent -- Model for other judges to follow in marking their own decisions on similar cases.
Every federal judicial district has a US Attorney -- A government lawyer who prosecutes people accused of breaking federal laws
- look into and present evidence