The US Federal Court System Comparison Essay by Nicky

A brief look at the similarities and differences between the Supreme Court, the district courts and the appeals courts.
# 151000 | 880 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 17, 2012 in Political Science (U.S.) , Law (General)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


The paper discusses the similarities between the three levels of the federal justice system and how they are derived from their common role as parties within the federal court system. The paper then identifies their differences and discusses how they reflect the different role that each court is intended to play within the system.

From the Paper:

"The most striking similarity between these branches is that they are all elements of the federal court system (Klein, et al., 1977). This system is separate from any court systems that govern state, county or civic laws. These three courts are all governed by the federal government and therefore only handle cases of federal jurisdiction.
"Another similarity between the three is that their duty is to enforce and interpret the laws that are written by Congress. No member of the court system is empowered to write law, but they must all find ways to interpret the laws that the legislative branch creates for the country.
"The appellate court and Supreme Court are similar in that they are both essentially appeals courts. The Supreme Court merely functions to hear appeals of appellate court cases that are deemed worthy of its interest, and the appellate court hears appeals on district court cases worth of its interest.
"This brings us to a similarity between the district courts and the appellate courts - they are both subordinate courts. Judges within these two courts must obey the rulings and judgments of the Supreme Court. As well, the district court judges are subordinate to the appellate court rulings. In contract, the Supreme Court is not subordinate to any other court."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Klein, F.; Bander, E.; Richert, J. (1977). Federal and State Court Systems. Institute of Judicial Administration, 1977.
  • Fallon, R.; Fallon, J.R.; Meltzer, D. & Shapiro, D. (2007). Hart and Wechsler's the Federal Courts and the Federal System, 2007.

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

The US Federal Court System (2012, May 17) Retrieved February 22, 2024, from

MLA Format

"The US Federal Court System" 17 May 2012. Web. 22 February. 2024. <>