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U.S. Government : Judicial Branch

a guide to resources for researching the Judicial Branch of the U.S. government.

Circuit Courts' Cases

Courts of Appeals review trial court cases to determine:

  • is there sufficient evidence to support the findings of the trial court?
  • did the trial court correctly apply the law?

94 federal judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a court of appeals. Appeals courts consist of three judges and do not use a jury. Court opinions are published in Regional Reporters.

U.S. Circuit Courts