The judicial branch doesn’t get as much attention as the legislative and executive branches of our federal government. And it is the only branch whose members are not elected by the people. However, the courts play a key role in the checks and balances system of our government. The courts interpret laws and determine their constitutionality. Many people will encounter the courts only at the local or state level, either as a party in a case or as a juror. Find more than 270 classroom resources for all grades here, from a kindergarten lesson about jury selection in the trial of Goldilocks vs. the Three Bears to a high school lesson plan about the judicial nomination process.