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Court Shorts Podcasts

Court Shorts Podcasts are educational tools students and teachers can use to learn more about the judicial branch. There are two series of Court Shorts. The Founding Fundamental series builds your knowledge of the federal courts and the Bench to Blackboard series helps teachers connect their students with the federal courts.

Select a Court Short below to listen to an episode.

Founding Fundamentals Podcast Series

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Trial by Jury
Founding Fundamentals series

Trial by Jury is a right guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution. In this segment of Founding Fundamentals, we focus on the phrase "impartial jury," also known as a jury of your peers.

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Impartial Judiciary
Founding Fundamentals series

Explaining judicial independence, which allows judges to make decisions according to the rule of law, without the pressure of public opinion or the influence of private citizens and public officials.

Court Shorts

Judicial Review
Founding Fundamentals series

When it comes to legal disputes, the courts are the final deciders of what the Constitution means. This authority – known as judicial review – gives the Supreme Court and federal courts the authority to interpret the Constitution.

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Separation of Powers
Founding Fundamentals series

Separation of powers is the fundamental way our government balances power so that one part of the government doesn't overpower another. The idea is that each branch of government has its own roles and areas of authority.

Bench to Blackboard Podcast Series

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Open Doors to Federal Courts
Bench to Blackboard series

Courtroom protocol. Precedent. Jury service. Due process. These can be difficult concepts to present in an interactive way in the classroom. But they come to life through Open Doors to Federal Courts.

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Naturalization Ceremonies
Bench to Blackboard series

In this segment of Bench to Blackboard, we discuss student participation in naturalization ceremonies, which can be formative experiences that deepen students' understanding and appreciation of their own rights and responsibilities.