Associate Level Material


Structure of the American Court System




Complete the following organizational matrixes with examples demonstrating the structure of the U.S.court system.


Federal Court System


Describe the each branch of the federal court system. The first row was completed as an example.


Branch of the federal court system

Description of this branch

U.S. Supreme Court

Court of last resort: Original jurisdiction in only limited categories of cases that rarely arise—lawsuits between two states and cases involving foreign ambassadors. Appellate jurisdiction in most cases arrives from U.S. courts of appeals, state supreme courts, or Court of Military Appeals (Shea, Green, & Smith, 2011).








State Court System


Describe each branch of the state court system.


Branch of the state court system

Description of this branch