Teaching the Judicial Branch

Teaching the judicial branch can be daunting. The resources below will help you and your students understand the structure and function of our court system both on a national and state level. 

Classroom Activities

VIDEOS: Learn about the Florida Supreme Court and Florida State Court System

Watch the Welcome to the Florida Supreme Court video in your classroom.
This short six-minute video explains the court system in Florida and gives an overview of the Florida Supreme Court.

VIDEO: The Judicial Branch - www.iCivics.org 

Watch the iCivics Judicial Branch video. This short six-minute video is made by teens for teens and explains court cases, how they are structured, what judges do and the differences between trial and appellate courts.

DOWNLOADABLE GRAPHICS

FLORIDA'S COURT STRUCTURE 

COUNTY/CIRCUIT COURTS IN FLORIDA (PDF)

DISTRICT COURTS OF APPEAL IN FLORIDA (PDF)

JUDGES IN FLORIDA (PDF)

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT MANDATORY JURISDICTION (PDF)

ADDITIONAL VIDEOS

VIDEO: Watch The Florida Bar #justadulting video explaining Florida's court system.

VIDEO: Judicial Elections by the Volusia County Bar Association

VIDEO: The Rule of Law 

From the Bill of Rights Institute (http://billofrightsinstitute.org/ )

Do you understand why the rule of law is important for maintaining a free society? This short, engaging video on the constitutional principle of the rule of law. Exciting visuals from current events, an engaging historical narrative, brief scholar interviews, and memorable quotes will make this 8-minute video perfect for use on Bill of Rights Day, and every day! A short viewing guide is also available to guide you through the content. For in-depth exploration of this principle, including primary sources and additional, resources, visit the Bill of Rights Institute web page.

Additional Web Resources