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The Federal Courts and You

Learn how the federal courts are structured and how they have an impact on the daily lives of law-abiding citizens — like you.  Find out how the system is shaped and guided by the Preamble to the Constitution; the Judiciary Act of 1789; Marbury v. Madison; and the commitment to an impartial judiciary.

Stimulate interest in the modern relevance of four foundational concepts: 

  • The impact of federal courts on the lives of law-abiding citizens, like students.
  • The priority the Founders placed on establishing justice.
  • The wisdom of the way America’s court system was structured.
  • The impartial role of judges.

Federal Courts’ Impact on Law-Abiding Citizens

Focus attention by bringing federal courts into the lives of those who may never enter a courthouse.

The Preamble

Start at the beginning by asking why the phrase "to establish justice" is first in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. 

The Judiciary Act of 1789

Use the Act as a blueprint for the creation and structure of America's court system.

Impartial Judiciary

Witness judges taking their oath, talking about their role, and sharing their pathways to the bench.