Court Procedure and Evidence Issues

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Readable and practical text for criminal justice courses on court procedure and judicial process, incorporating an overview of evidentiary issues.


• This text explores the details of the judicial process, explaining the various phases of a criminal prosecution in a clear and often entertaining style.
• The book provides a balance between theoretical discussions and practical, down-to-earth examples of law in action at every phase of a criminal proceeding.
Well-written text that is accessible to both students and professors.
Thoughtful pedagogy includes the following:
Learning objectives that are stated clearly and succinctly at the beginning of each chapter
Terms and legal vocabulary set out in bold in the body of the text and defined immediately in the margin for the ease of student comprehension
Figures and tables to illustrate crucial points, designed to capitalize on different learning styles among students
Case scenarios to help students develop their understanding of the material
• Excerpts from seminal or otherwise noteworthy US Supreme Court cases
End of chapter questions, activities and assignments to hone the students’ understanding
• Reference to a sample criminal case to help develop specific points in each chapter
Complete Mock Trial package that includes police, investigative reports, charging documents and other materials to assist student in actually presenting a criminal case
“For the Prosecution/For the Defense,” point/counter point feature in each chapter that discusses an issue from the prosecution and defense viewpoints
Web sites for further research and/or discussion
Profiling the Professional: an interview and profile of a legal professional, such as a judge, law enforcement officer, defense attorney, etc., that appears in each chapter. This feature explains the day-to-day world of a legal professional, helping the student/reader make an intellectual and emotional connection with the real-life professionals in the criminal justice system
Logical and understandable organization.
• Author has a wealth of trial experience at every phase of criminal litigation, as well as extensive experience writing textbooks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735507654
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 403
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. An Introduction to the Court System

Chapter 2. The Participants

Chapter 3. Evidence

Chapter 4. Arrest

Chapter 5. Beginning the Case

Chapter 6: Discovery and Pretrial Motions

Chapter 7. Preparing for the Trial: The Prosecution

Chapter 8. Preparing for the Trial: The Defense

Chapter 9. The Trial

Chapter 10. Sentencing

Chapter 11. Appeals and Post-Trial Motions

Chapter 12. Unique Criminal Issues

Chapter 13. Juvenile Defendants

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