The most popular two Criminal Justice authors of the century have joined for a collaboration of excellence! Featuring a balanced and modern presentation, this book addresses the need for a volume that covers hot button issues as well as the basic structure of the court system and court process. Its up-to-date coveragehighlights several recent trends, such as the addition of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, advents in problem-solving courts, and technological innovations. Special sections feature court cases with lasting impact and stories of courts in the news. Written by a respected author team, the book gives a comprehensive look at the courts, their personnel and the context in which they operate.