Judicial System 101: THE BASICS

Do you truly know how the Judicial system works? Here are the basics of what you need to know about this segment of our American Government.

How does the judicial system work?

The Executive and Legislative branches are elected by the PEOPLE (You). Members of the Judicial Branch are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate.


Who selects local judges?

Local judges are selected through public elections. This is why you MUST get informed, and stay informed, on judges that are running for the position in your area. Be sure to RESEARCH them and learn about their potential impact on your community.


Who selects the District Attorneys?

District Attorneys may be select by the chief executive jurisdiction or elected by LOCAL voters. For this reason, you must do your research on each individual who runs for ANY office at every level of government.


What is a jury?

The jury is a group of community members, often peers of the accused, who listens to the evidence during a trial to help decide on the validity of facts that any presented evidence has established. The jury also draws inferences from facts to form the basis of their decision at a trial. The jury decides if the accused party is “GUILTY” or “NOT GUILTY” in criminal cases, and “LIABLE” or “NOT LIABLE” in civil cases. For this reason, it is important that you are active in your community by serving jury duty. As cases are moved to insure a fair trial, your voice could be the one to shape the outcome of a life-changing circumstance.

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