Courts in Our Criminal Justice System

ISBN-10: 0135259576
ISBN-13: 9780135259573
Edition: 2003
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Description: As a primary text for courses on courts, or a supplementary text for general courses on the legal system, criminal justice, or law. Designed for courses in Criminal Justice/Administration of Justice, Sociology, Law & Society, Political Science, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $170.20
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 427
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

As a primary text for courses on courts, or a supplementary text for general courses on the legal system, criminal justice, or law. Designed for courses in Criminal Justice/Administration of Justice, Sociology, Law & Society, Political Science, and interdisciplinary departments. The Courts in Our Criminal Justice System presents a unique historical context on the development, functions, and controversies in the courts system that is lacking in other courts texts. This book simultaneously presents the most current theory, research and examples on the topics. This broad, temporally inclusive approach to the study of the courts will help provide the big picture framework necessary for students to understand the modern American criminal courts process. The inclusive approach is also evident in its multidisciplinary approach, with political, sociological, legal and even psychological perspectives used as tools to illuminate courts and criminal justice processes. This text is intended to help students understand courts and court processes in context of the broader socio-political environment, rather than merely describing courts in terms of legal process and procedure.

Diana R. Grant is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Sonoma State University.nbsp; She received her Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests focus on the social psychology of legal processes and legal decision making.nbsp;nbsp;

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Courts
A Society Designs Laws
A Crime Is Committed
After Arrest: Law, the Court, and Post-Arrest Procedures
The Courts Get Involved: The History of Courts and the Arrangement of Modern Courts
Participants in the Courtroom Drama
A Prosecutor Considers the Charges
A Defense Lawyer Is Selected: The Defense Role
A Judge Is Assigned to Hear the Case
Jurors and Other Key Participants in the Courtroom Play Their Roles
Courtroom Processes
Some Cases Don't Make It to Court
"You Ring, We Spring": The Role of Bail in the Court System
Plea Bargaining
Your Day in Court: The Trial Begins
Post-Conviction Processes
The Punishment Dilemma
$30 or 30 Days: Setting the Penalty
Appeals
Juvenile Courts
Glossary
Index

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