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Criminal Courts
A Contemporary Perspective

Fifth Edition


January 2022 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Comprehensive and engaging, Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective, supports student understanding by exploring all aspects of courts and related areas which are crucial to the criminal justice system. Written by three nationally recognized experts in the field, this text examines court structure, courtroom actors, trial and appeal process, and in addition, judicial decision making, specialized courts, and comparative court systems. 

By presenting up-to-date key cases, data, and current controversial discussions such as the death penalty or legalization of cannabis, this 5th edition provides students with opportunities to view topics from the perspectives of the participants involved in the process and take a position on the issue that is raised. 
 
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 • Prosecutors
 
Chapter 6 • Defense Attorneys
 
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 Appellate Process
 
Chapter 14 • Specialized Courts
Key features

Features and Benefits

  • “View From the Field” features topics from the perspective of a participant in the process, from a criminal defense attorney to a U.S. District Court judge
  • “Comparative Courts” inserts provide students with a glimpse of how courts around the world approach a topic discussed in the chapter
  • “Current Research” boxes present current social science research and show how research can help policymakers and those in the court system evaluate and implement processes and program
  • A "Movies and the Courts" boxed feature that engages students in examining myths about the criminal courts perpetuated by popular culture.
  • Instrumental Cases are included throughout to offer students insights into crucial rulings that have shaped the American legal system. 
  • Current Discussion Topics in each chapter provide balanced views of contemporary issues, encouraging classroom discussion and sparking student interest

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