The Appeal Process

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Why doesn't the Supreme Court hear testimony from witnesses? How do they complete an entire proceeding in less than two hours? A helpful lesson guides scholars of criminology through these and other questions by explaining how appeals courts are different from trial courts. It explains the appeals process from the trial court to the Supreme Court and points out the different types of opinions the Supreme Court delivers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the audio link in the lesson to listen to oral arguments before an appeals court
  • Assign the page as a resource to research the definitions of key terms
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a series of six lessons on how the courts work
  • Reading level is better for high school students

Pros

  • Interactive quiz offers a simple way to assess learning
  • Highlighted key terms link to a glossary of definitions for easy reference
  • Links to an iTunes audio of an oral argument before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Cons

  • Small font is difficult to read, and the navigation is not always simple
Common Core