Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the basic federal and state court structures and jurisdictions.
  • Discuss the purpose and procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Distinguish between limited and general jurisdiction courts.
  • Describe the types and objectives of problem-solving courts.
  • Identify the problems associated with court congestion.
  • Name the postive and negative aspects of delayed trials.
  • Summarize the selection and role of judges.