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Guide to the Federal Courts

The U.S. Courts have created a useful guide entitled, A Journalist's Guide to the Federal Courts.

Although the guide is intended for journalists covering a federal trial court or appellate court, its usefulness extends to a wider audience.

Welcome!

Introduction

Federal District Courts
Key Players
Types and Sources of Court Information
A Criminal Case
The Trial
A Civil Case

Bankruptcy Courts

Federal Appellate Courts
The Appeals Process
Key Players
Types and Sources of Court Information

Glossary