The State Judicial Branch


Civics State and Local Governments State Judicial Branch
Students review the U.S. court system and then focus on the roles of state courts, judges, and juries. Then they research and diagram how the Florida state court system works. Finally, they consider a fictional scenario and use what they know to infer what might happen next.

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Overview

In this experience, students review the U.S. court system and then focus on the roles of state courts, judges, and juries. Then they research and diagram how the Florida state court system works. Finally, they consider a fictional scenario and use what they know to infer what might happen next.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 and scene 3.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the state judicial branch works.
  • Diagram how state courts work. 


Imagine that you are hanging out with some friends in the park and you put your cell phone down on your backpack without thinking. Suddenly someone runs by and grabs it. You holler but he doesn’t stop, so you talk to the local park official, who calls the police. The police quickly track down the robber. What happens after that? In this experience, you’ll learn a little more about how criminal activity and civil disputes make their way into the court system.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the state judicial branch works.
  • Diagram how state courts work.




You have probably seen TV coverage of a court in which a judge enters the room with a long robe on. But what do judges actually do?


In a short word or phrase, post something that a judge does. To list more than one activity, separate your ideas with a comma, like this: drive a car, ride a horse.

Post your answer

Discuss student responses. Be sure to pay as much attention to inaccurate responses as to accurate ones because these are the areas where students likely need clarification.


Maybe someone in the class posted that a judge rules in a court.


Brainstorm some of the reasons that cases go to court.





Discuss student responses. Again, note what students understand and where they will need further clarification in the experience. If time allows at the end of the experience, return to these first two questions and ask students to consider how their answers change based on what they have learned.


You will learn more about judges and courts throughout this experience.


Divide students into their small groups for the next two scenes. When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.

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