Learning Objectives

After finishing this chapter, you should be able to:

7.1 Describe how the courts rely on the Constitution to set standards to ensure that our rights are protected.

7.2 Identify the basic federal and state court structures and jurisdictions and discuss the purpose and procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court.

7.3 Identify the problems associated with court congestion.

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

7.5 Summarize the selection and role of judges.

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

7.7 Explain how technology is used by court administrators to improve the judiciary.