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Chapter 16: Civil and Criminal Law

Student Web Activity

"Court Systems"

In this chapter you have read about civil and criminal cases. Sometimes these cases reach a trial court where guilt or innocence may be determined. Depending on the jurisdiction, it will be either a state or a federal court. Each state has its own court system. In this activity you will take a closer look at the organization and role of the court system.

Destination Title: Your State Government: Judical Branch

Note: Clicking on the link above will launch a new browser window.
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Start at a search engine.

  • In the search window, type the name of your state and “judicial”.
  • Select the link that leads to the Web site for your state’s judicial branch of government.
  • Explore the Web site to find the pages for students and teachers.

After reading through this page and studying the diagrams, answer the following questions.

How is your state court system organized?
What is the difference between a trial court and an appellate court?
Where is the State Supreme Court located?
Describe some law-related careers.
Create a mobile that shows the different levels of federal and state courts. For the state court system use information about your own state courts.
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