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Courts and the Judicial Branch

Return to BenchmarksPresentations include an examination of the role of juries and an exploration of the different levels and functions of state and federal courts.

Presentations & Activities


The Role of Juries

This activity explores the role and significance of juries in the American legal system. It is includes a PowerPoint to guide the presentation, three handouts and a backgrounder for the presenter. Please review Tips for Making a Good Presentation.

Role of Juries Overview

Handout: Jury Profile

Handout: Landmark Cases

Handout: Building a Jury

Role of Juries Background for Presenter

Role of Juries PowerPoint

Tips for Making a Good Benchmarks Presentation


Sorting Out the Courts

This activity examines the different levels, functions and powers of state and federal courts. Three handouts are included and a PowerPoint. Estimated time to present: 30 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and all accompanying materials including a tips sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation.

Benchmarks Sorting Out the Courts

Benchmarks Sorting Out the Courts PowerPoint

Handout 1 – Puzzled: Federal and State Courts

Handout 2 – Steps of a Trial

Handout 3 – Case Files

Handout 4 – Courts Diagram

Presenter Information – Key Steps

Presenter Information – Diagram

Tips for Making a Good Benchmark Presentation