From learning the basic definition of a law to understanding how a case reaches the Supreme Court, this essential reference tool provides over 500 questions and accessible answers on the complex subject of the U.S. court system. Whether used by a citizen inquiring about jury duty or a student needing to grasp the intricacies of types of laws, CQ's Desk Reference on American Courts provides the answers on such topics as: Explanations of the judicial process and procedures. State and federal court institutions. Definitions, concepts, and terms. Discussions of important cases and interesting firsts.