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Sample Discussion Questions

Discussion questions for students include:

  1. What is the difference between state and federal court?
  2. Why do we need two different court systems?
  3. What crimes are prosecuted in both state and federal court?
  4. Why do federal judges have lifetime tenure? Is that a good idea? Why or why not?
  5. What is the difference between a civil case and a criminal case?
  6. Why did our founding fathers place the right to jury trials in the Sixth and Seventh Amendments? Are they still a good idea?
  7. How would you define, "beyond a reasonable doubt"?
  8. What are some attributes needed for a good judge?
  9. What would you change, if anything, about our system of justice?
  10. What is a grand jury?
  11. What role do federal courts play in our system of checks and balances?
  12. Why are politicians elected but federal judges are not?