Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Describe the history of the courts
  • Identify the different types of courts and the types of cases they hear
  • Distinguish among federal, state, and local courts
  • Outline the process by which the Supreme Court hears a case
  • Describe how lower courts are arranged and their relationships
  • Explain the many actors in a courtroom, called the courtroom workgroup, and how they interact with each other
  • Explain the influences of technology on increased efficiencies in court processes