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The Judicial Branch


  • Analyze the purposes, organization, functions, and processes of the judicial branch as enumerated in
    Article III of the Constitution.
  • Use case studies or examples to examine tensions between the three branches of government.
  • Use past and present policies to analyze conflicts that arise in society due to competing constitutional
    principles or fundamental values.
  • Explain why the rule of law has a central place in American society.
  • Analyze the various levels and responsibilities of courts in the federal and state judicial system and
    explain the relationships among them.

Web Links:

US Federal Courts Official Page:  http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts.aspx  

Opening Statements:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFlaNWxWeIA   

Difference between Opening Statements and Closing Arguments:


"West Face of the United States Supreme Court Building," April 6, 2009, Wikimedia Commons, Accessed 
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