Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective / Edition 2

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Overview

Written by three leaders in the field, this comprehensive and accessible text for undergraduate courses explores all conventional topics (court structure, courtroom actors, and the trial and appeal process) as well as others seldom covered. The text first reviews the judicial function, the role and purpose of law, sources of law, the various types of law, and the American court system structure and operations, both state and federal. The participants in the system are discussed next, followed by the pretrial, trial, and posttrial processes. A wealth of pedagogical tools adds valuable related content, ranging from the points of view of court process participants to comparative information to hotly debated topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452257228
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 506
  • Sales rank: 225,156
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Hemmens is Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. In addition to being the editor for the SAGE Text/Reader Series in Criminology/Criminal Justice, he has published several books, including Law, Justice and Society (Oxford University Press, ©2012), Legal Guide for Police (Anderson, ©2011) and An Introduction to Criminal Evidence (Oxford University Press, ©2009). He holds a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. He served as the President of the Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) from 2012 to 2013.

David C. Brody is an associate professor and the Academic Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Washington State University. He received a JD from the University of Arizona College of Law and a Ph D in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany. He is the co-author of textbooks on criminal law and criminal procedure, and over twenty scholarly articles that have been published in such journals as the American Criminal Law Review, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Hastings Women's Law Journal, Crime and Delinquency, and Judicature.

Cassia C. Spohn is a Foundation Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is the author or coauthor of six books, including Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System, which was published in 2013. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions. In 2013 she received ASU’s Award for Leading Edge Research in the Social Sciences and was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

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Table of Contents

SECTION I: THE PURPOSE AND STRUCTURE OF AMERICAN COURTS
Chapter 1: Introduction: Law and the Judicial Function
Chapter 2: Sources of Law
Chapter 3: Types of Law
Chapter 4: Court Organization and Structure
SECTION II: COURTROOM ACTORS AND THE COURTROOM WORKGROUP
Chapter 5: The Prosecutor
Chapter 6: The Defense Attorney
Chapter 7: Judges
Chapter 8: Criminal Defendants and Crime Victims
Chapter 9: The Jury
SECTION III: COURT PROCESSES
Chapter 10: Pretrial Procedures
Chapter 11: The Criminal Trial
Chapter 12: Sentencing
Chapter 13: The Appeals Process
Chapter 14: Specialized Courts

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