The court system in the United States is composed of a federal system and fifty individual state court systems. The vast majority of legal cases are heard and often resolved at the state level. Each state has its own laws and requires a separate expert lawyer. Our legal system is based on the pretense of the adversarial process which basically states that both parties the plaintiff and defendant must be treat equally. They must be able to debate and argue regardless of the offense that the defendant is charged with.
This collection of lessons and worksheets looks at hierarchy of the United States Courts. Topics include the federal courts, district courts, circuit courts, and even the Supreme Court. We also look at the basic judicial process as an argument makes its way to the highest courts.