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Courts and the Judicial Branch
Benchmark activities in this category include explorations of the way labels are used to explain judicial decisions; how judges approach making their rulings and the factors they must consider; how judges are elected in Florida and how Florida’s merit selection/retention process works.


BENCHMARK ACTIVITIES:

How to Judge Judicial CandidatesIn this activity, participants will be asked to identify the qualities and characteristics that are most important in selecting judges. They will pick their top five considerations in choosing judges individually and then in groups at tables. A warm-up exercise is included as well as a PowerPoint and two additional handouts. Estimated time to present: 30 to 40 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and all accompanying materials including a tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation. Overview of how to present How to Judge Judicial Candidates

Handout 1: Most Important Qualities/Characteristics of Judges (to be filled in by participants)

Handout 2: Chart showing of Florida’s court system

Handout 3: Considerations in Electing Trial Judges

PowerPoint: How to Judge Judicial Candidates

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation


Judge for Yourself

In this activity, participants analyze the role of appellate judges and evaluate the conditions under which they should be retained or removed from the bench. The activity includes two handouts and is guided by a PowerPoint. Estimated time to present is 30 to 40 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity and all accompanying materials, including a tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation. The overview will guide you in the timing and delivery of the activity.

Judge for Yourself

Judge for Yourself PowerPoint

Florida State Courts

Application Nomination

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation


 

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

Role of Juries PowerPoint

Handout: Jury Profile

Handout: Landmark Cases

Handout: Building a Jury

Role of Juries Background for Presenter

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.

Sorting Out the Courts Overview

Sorting Out the Courts PowerPoint

Handout 1 – Puzzled: Federal and State Courts

Handout 2 – Steps of a Trial

Handout 3 – Case Files

Presenter Information

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation


What the Law MeansIn this activity, participants will review the role of the judge in the judicial branch and how this branch/official is different from other branches of government and other elected officials. This activity provides a practical, easy-to-understand introduction to judicial decision-making and judicial review. One handout is included and a PowerPoint on judicial review. 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 tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation. The overview will guide you in the timing and delivery of the activity.

Overview of activity and how to present: What the Law Means

Quotes

Judicial Review PowerPoint

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation

 

 

 

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