Order in the Court: A Look at the Judicial Branch (How Government Works Series)

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What's the difference between criminal court and civil court? Why is there a jury in some trials and only a judge in other trials? For the answers to questions like these, check out Order in the Court to take a fun and informative look at the judicial branch of the U.S. government. Sit in on a criminal trial, find out who gets to be on juries, and meet famous Supreme Court justices. With plenty of real-life examples and easy-to-understand explanations, Order in the Court ...
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Overview

What's the difference between criminal court and civil court? Why is there a jury in some trials and only a judge in other trials? For the answers to questions like these, check out Order in the Court to take a fun and informative look at the judicial branch of the U.S. government. Sit in on a criminal trial, find out who gets to be on juries, and meet famous Supreme Court justices. With plenty of real-life examples and easy-to-understand explanations, Order in the Court explores how government works.
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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These books provide a good deal of information about the workings of the judicial and executive branches of the federal government. The system of checks and balances and the connection between the branches are also stressed. Both titles have interesting sidebars, black-and-white and color photos, and helpful diagrams that explain the organization of the government branches. Unfortunately, artwork and political cartoons are unattributed. Occasionally, Kowalski has sacrificed accuracy for simplification. She says, for example, "Civil cases usually involve conflicts among people or companies. But no one has actually broken the law." Civil cases do differ from criminal cases, but a law has been violated, and the case is judged accordingly. Also, the writing in Court is sometimes inconsistent in its level of sophistication. In one place, the author says, "The courts decide real cases." Elsewhere she states, "-a motion to dismiss says the plaintiff could not win even if the plaintiff's claims were the true facts," without clarifying the concept. Kay Cornelius's The Supreme Court (Chelsea, 2000) gives an excellent explanation of the Court and also discusses the types of cases heard by lower courts. Karen Spies's Our Presidency (Millbrook, 1996) is a little less technical and focuses on the office, without discussing the supporting departments within the executive branch.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822546986
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: How Government Works Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Real-Life Courtroom Dramas 4
2. The Courts from Top to Bottom 12
3. All the Way to the Supreme Court 22
4. Crime and Punishment: Criminal Law 30
5. Let's Be Civil: Civil Law 38
6. Your Role in the Court System 44
Glossary 50
Source Notes 51
Selected Bibliography 52
Further Reading and Websites 53
Index 54
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