Levels and Jurisdiction 3 Levels of the Court system Supreme Court Courts of Appeal District Courts Original Jurisdiction Court in which a case is first heard Appellate Jurisdiction Court that hears a case on appeal from a lower court
Appointment of Judges All Federal Judges are appointed by the President Supreme Court, Appeals Courts, Special Courts and District Courts All Judges are confirmed by the Senate Lower court judges are “rubber stamped” Supreme Court Justices are fought over.
Salary and Terms Salary is set by Congress, but can not be lowered Supreme Court and Constitutional Court Judges are appointed for life. They serve until they resign, retire, die or are impeached Lower Court (special) Judges serve a 15 year term
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