This website focuses on the federal courts and the national issues these courts address. It includes links to selected materials for use by judges and other presenters in educating the public, especially students at all levels, about the judiciary’s crucial role as a coequal third branch of government dedicated to the fair and impartial administration of the law.
The materials illuminate the critical role of the judiciary in safeguarding our freedoms, and the corresponding importance of judicial independence -- the courts’ ability to decide disputes impartially, without fear of direct or indirect social, economic or political reprisal.
Focus on Critical Topics
This web-based set of resources features the following topics:
How To Use This Site
The resources that are included on this website (and linked in the Index of Resources section as well as on the various subject pages) are intended to assist judges and other presenters as they prepare for a public speech or program.
The resources selected include document handouts and case study simulations, slide presentations, videos and online games, as well as multi-dimensional lesson plans.
Some are suitable for use as stand-alone presentations. Others provide guidance or components for user-developed presentations. Each resource is coded to indicate the recommended audience – P (Primary school), M (middle school), H (high school), and A (general adult).
See the FAQ page for more information.
Please note that this website is focused on national issues that are addressed by the federal courts; it addresses state- or district-specific issues only tangentially.
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Teaching Tools for Civics Education
This website-based set of resources is intended to assist judges, members of the federal court system, educators and others in their outreach to students and teachers, in both classroom and courtroom presentations.