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You have successfully held your first training session on the common law tradition and sources
of law! Now that everyone has an understanding of the origins of law, your next primer in this
training series will explain the specifics of your state’s court system (Palmdale, CA). You must
first perform the necessary research to locate your state court’s website on the Internet. Once
you have located your state court’s website, you will prepare a 2โ€“3-page, double-spaced paper
outlining the basic structure of your state’s court system in each county (or city). Include in your
discussion an explanation of the jurisdiction (authority to hear cases) of these various trial courts.
Specifically, explain in what trial court(s) in the state you would file specific types of claims.
Additionally, explain the structure of the appellate courts in your state, naming each level of
appeals court, if there is more than one level.
Be sure to identify your sources (website, etc.). Note: Please be sure you refer to the numbers
that appear on the actual printed pages in your electronic readings, not the numbers that appear
with the navigation icons.
(Note: Different states have different names for the primary trial court of each county, such as
Superior Court, Municipal Court, Court of Common Pleas, etc., and some states have multiple
courts in every county, such as Municipal Court, Family Court, Probate Court, and Small Claims
Court. If you are having trouble locating your local court’s site, you may choose a neighboring

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