Learning Objectives

After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

7.1 Identify the basic federal and state court structures and jurisdictions.

7.2 Discuss the purpose and procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court.

7.3 Distinguish between limited and general jurisdiction courts.

7.4 Identify the problems associated with court congestion.

7.5 Describe the types and objectives of problem-solving courts.

7.6 Summarize the selection and role of judges.

7.7 Discuss the history and importance of diversity in the judiciary.

7.8 Name the positive and negative aspects of delayed trials.