What Is A Court?

Lesson Duration

By Margaret Fisher at the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)

An easy lesson that helps students understand the basics of the appeals process. Students will learn the difference between a trial court and an appeals court.


  • Students will be able to describe the judicial branch of government.
  • Students will be able to define what a court is.
  • Students will be able to name three characteristics of a trial court and three characteristics of an appellate court.

Lesson: What is a Court?


The Washington State Courts Judges in the Classroom program includes 30 lessons developed by the Institute for Citizen’s Education in the Law.