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Instructions: Use the definitions below to discover the correct term and then find the term in the puzzle.


  1. A brief in which someone who is not a part of a case gives advice or testimony.

  2. A twelfth-century English law that established judicial procedure and the grand jury system.

  3. A disagreement whose settlement is based on personal vengeance and physical violence.

  4. A court that holds sessions at intervals within different areas of a judicial district.

  5. In medieval German and English law, a practice by which a defendant could establish innocence by taking an oath and having a required number of people swear that they believed the oath.

  6. An old English court comprising the king’s councilors that was separate from common-law courts.

  7. The authority of a court to hear a case based on the location of the offense.

  8. The authority of a court to hear a case based on where the case is located in the system.

  9. In archaic usage, considered the first type of jury that determined the ownership of land. Currently, a type of investigation.

  10. Sometimes called inferior courts, in reference to their hierarchy. These courts receive their authority and resources from local county or municipal governments.

  11. A rule that states that at least four of the nine Supreme Court justices must vote to hear a case.

  12. General courts and special courts funded and run by each state.

  13. The authority of a court to hear a case based on the nature of the case.

  14. An ancient custom found in many cultures in which the accused was required to perform a test to prove guilt.

  15. Intermediate courts that dispose of many appeals before they reach the Supreme Court.

  16. Courts of general jurisdiction that try felony cases involving federal laws and civil cases involving amounts of money over $75,000.

  17. The lowest level of the federal court system, created in 1968 to ease the caseload of the U.S. district courts.

  18. The “court of last resort.” The highest court in the United States, established by Article III of the Constitution, hears only appeals, with some exceptions.

  19. An order from a superior court calling up for review the record of a case from a lower court.


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