In the Courts


You Could Be a Judge!

The judicial branch is the third branch of government along with the executive and legislative branches. The judicial branch is our court system! The job of the court system is to interpret the constitution. A big job? Yes. Watch the video clip to learn more about being part of the judicial branch. 



Name two important things about being a judge.

Criminal and Civil

People come to court for different reasons, and so there are different types of cases. The two major categories for court cases are criminal and civil. Watching the video clip will teach you more about the difference between criminal and civil cases. 


What Happens Before Trial?

As a judge you need to be prepared for the cases that you hear, and understand both sides of the case. There is a lot of paperwork to read through before you can be ready to hear a case… Let’s see what the video has to say! 


What Happens at Trial?

Being a judge is obviously a big job. There is so much to do before the trial, but there is even more to do once the trial has begun. Do you know what judges do? Well, watch the video clip below to find out. 


The Jury Goes to Work

While you are the judge, most trial cases are decided by a jury. This doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Your role as referee of the court also means that you have to make sure the members of the jury have all the information that they need to make the right call.  

Appealing the Decision

If the losing side in your case isn’t happy, he or she can appeal the case. The federal system and all of the state systems have an appeals process, so it’s important to understand how it works. 


All the Way to the Supreme Court!

The Supreme Court is the highest court in our country. The justices that sit on this court have a really big job in front of them. Watch this last video clip to get a better idea of the type of responsibility a Supreme Court justice has…