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SS.7.C.3.11 - Federal and State Courts

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.3.11

Diagram the levels, functions, and powers of courts at the state and federal levels.

Also Assessed:

SS.7.C.2.6 - Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.

Overview:

Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will distinguish between the levels, functions, and powers of courts at the state and federal levels. Read more!
  • Students will recognize that the powers and jurisdiction of the state and federal courts are derived from their respective constitutions. Read more!
  • Students will compare appellate and trial processes. Read more!
  • Students will examine the significance of the role of juries in the American legal system. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

What is the correct order of Florida's courts, from lowest to highest authority?

A. circuit courts, Florida Supreme Court, county courts, District Court of Appeals

B. county courts, circuit courts, District Court of Appeals, Florida Supreme Court

C. District Court of Appeals, Florida Supreme Court, county courts, circuit courts

D. Florida Supreme Court, circuit courts, District Court of Appeals, county courts

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Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The diagram below provides details about the U.S. court system.

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Which court completes the diagram?

A. Court of Veterans Appeals

B. Court of Appeals

C. Military Courts

D. Claims Courts

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Example Three (High Complexity)

The graph below describes appeals filed by type of appeal in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1990-2010.

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Based on the graph, what conclusion can be drawn about court cases in the U.S.?

A. More civil cases are being filed without legal representation.

B. More criminal cases are being filed without legal representation.

C. More criminal actions are being dropped before trial.

D. More civil actions are being dropped before trial.

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C.3.11 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials


courtesy of FL Department of Education

Discovery Education

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  • Appellate, District, and State Courts (total length 3:04, stop at 2:07) from Framework for Democracy: The Rule of Nine (recommended for classroom use)
  • Court of Appeals, Encyclopedia Entry
  • Courts in the United States, Encyclopedia Entry
  • The Federal Court System, Skill Builder
  • How a Case Goes to the Supreme Court, Skill Builder
  • Judicial Branch Courts (total length 1:55) from Our Federal Government: The Judicial Branch
  • Jurisdiction, Encyclopedia Entry
  • The Principal of Judicial Review (total length 1:00) from Federal Government: The Supreme Court
  • The Supreme Court (total length 2:01) from Our Federal Government: The Judicial Branch
  • Trial Procedure & Jury Duty (total length 3:35) from This is Your Government: What Does It Mean to Be a Good Citizen
  • Turning Points, Trial by Jury (total length 4:14) from On Common Ground: Sticks and Stones, Part 2 (recommended for classroom use)

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Textbook Review

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Chapter 7, Section 2 - p. 185-188

Chapter 8, Section 4 - p. 217-220