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"It is comprehensive and introduces students to all of the fundamentals in a very readable way with excellent examples and illustrations. It is regularly updated, which is also very important."
"JPJP is a thorough treatment of the American legal system, based on the reality that judges are political actors who make policy. It covers all of the usual topics in a good deal of detail and provides real-world examples to highlight its points. It also contains discussions of judicial process in other countries, which will assist students in understanding where the U.S. sits among the legal systems of the world."
"It is a typical judicial process text written by an esteemed political scientist. The book covers the basics, and it provides students with engaging account of key issues facing courts, judges, and the law."
G. Alan Tarr received his doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is a distinguished professor of political science and director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, Camden. Professor Tarr has served as a constitutional consultant in Russia, South Africa, Cyprus, and Burma. A three-time NEH Fellow, he is currently completing a study of judicial independence and accountability in the American states.
1. Courts and Law. 2. The Federal and State Court Systems. 3. Judges. 4. Lawyers. 5. Trials and Appeals. 6. Criminal Justice and the Courts. 7. Civil Justice and the Courts. 8. Judicial Decision-making. 9. Judicial Policymaking: An Introduction. 10. Federal Court Policymaking. 11. State Court Policymaking.