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State Court Systems. Historical Development of State Court Systems State Judicial Structures Trial Courts of Limited Jurisdiction Trial Courts of General Jurisdiction Intermediate Appellate Courts Courts of Last Resort State Supreme Courts and Workload Demands.

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State court systems

State Court Systems

  • Historical Development of State Court Systems

  • State Judicial Structures

    • Trial Courts of Limited Jurisdiction

    • Trial Courts of General Jurisdiction

    • Intermediate Appellate Courts

    • Courts of Last Resort

  • State Supreme Courts and Workload Demands


Historical development of state courts

Historical Development of State Courts

Colonial Courts

Post Revolutionary State Courts

Post-Civil War Growth and Fragmentation

Court Unification Movement

Widespread Workload Increases


State trial courts

State Trial Courts

Limited Jurisdiction

General Jurisdiction

Limited to minor civil and criminal cases

Often limited to certain types of subject matter

Qualification requirements of the judges can vary

Often are not jury trials

Handle more serious criminal and civil cases

Geographic division

Naming conventions vary

Higher qualification requirements

Typically use jury trials


Stages in state supreme court development

Stages in State Supreme Court Development

Low Caseload – Low Discretion

High Caseload – Low Discretion

Low Caseload – High Discretion


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