Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
What is the difference between a civil and criminal case? What kinds of cases are heard in federal court and state court? If you're in a lawsuit, what should you expect? Get answers to these questions and more in this overview of the U.S. legal system. Choose a link to get started.
- Legal System Basics - The role of courts; includes a helpful glossary.
- The State Court Systems - An in-depth look at state courts: structure, power, and proceedings.
- The Federal Court System - The federal court system up-close, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Civil Court Cases - Stages of a civil case, courtroom players, and more.