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American Criminal Courts : Legal Process and Social Context.

Author: Welch Casey; Fuller Randolph John
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2014.
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American Criminal Courts: Legal Process and Social Context is an introductory-level text that offers a comprehensive study of the legal processes that guide criminal courts and the social contexts that introduce variations in the activities of actors inside and outside the court. Specifically the text focuses upon: Legal Processes. U.S. criminal courts are constrained by several legal processes and organizational  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Welch Casey; Fuller Randolph John
ISBN: 9781317524144 1317524144
OCLC Number: 891447081
Notes: Elements of a Crime.
Description: 1 online resource (615 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND DEDICATIONS; PREFACE; ONLINE INSTRUCTOR AND STUDENT RESOURCES; CHAPTER 1 Principles and Decision-Making in U.S. Criminal Courts; The Rule of Law; Importance of Studying Criminal Courts; Overview of the Criminal Justice System; Theme 1: Steady Principles and Contextualized Changes; Legal Principles as a Source of Stability; Changes in the Courts; Theme 2: State Power and Individual Rights; Crime Control: The Exertion of State Power; Due Process: Individual Rights and Constraint of Arbitrary State Power. Due Process and the Three Branches of GovernmentProcedural Laws and Codes of Criminal Procedure; Balancing Crime Control and Individual Rights; Theme 3: Motivations, Decisions, and Actions of the Courtroom Workers; Patterns and Variance; Legal Frame: Principles, Duties of the Court, Procedure, and Reasoning; Internal Ecology: Organization, Processes, and Relationships Within a Court; External Ecology: Characteristics of Community; Legal Reality; Summary; References; Part 1 Formal Social Control; CHAPTER 2 Social Control, Comparative Courts, and the Development of the U.S. Judicial System. Social Order and Social ControlSocial Order in Simple Societies; Transitional History: Empires and the Birth of Law and Courts; The Modern Nation-State and the Expansion of Courts; Comparative Legal and Court Systems; The Creation and Adaptation of U.S. Courts; The Federal Constitution; A National Judiciary; The Federalist System; Dialectics of Due Process and Crime Control; Modern Changes in the Criminal Courts; Industrial Revolution, Immigration, and Urbanization; Bureaucracies and Professional Training; Public Policy and Social Engineering; Professional Organizations. Due-Process RevolutionSummary; References; CHAPTER 3 The Structure of Federal and State Courts; The Role of Criminal Courts: Limitations and Duties; Different Courts for Different Disputes; Issues Common to Federal and State Courts; Jurisdiction; Civil Courts; Original Jurisdiction: Criminal Trial Courts; Appellate Jurisdiction: Intermediate Appellate Courts; The High Court; Jurisdiction and Structure of Federal Constitutional Courts; U.S. Magistrate Courts; U.S. District Courts; U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court; State Courts; State Court Caseload and Jurisdiction. Structure of State Courts: Original and Appellate JurisdictionBudgets and Unification of State Courts; Specialized State Courts; Summary; References; CHAPTER 4 Criminal Law, Crime, and the Criminal Court Process; Law as the Foundation of State Power and Individual Rights; Definition of Law; Types and Sources of Law; Constitutional Law; Statutory Law: Private and Public; Judicial Law; Substantive Criminal Laws: Criminal Justice System Powers and Boundaries; Procedural Laws: Rules for Enforcing Rules; The Definition of Crime: Legal Reality and the Criminal Justice System Boundary.

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American Criminal Courts: Legal Process and Social Context is an introductory-level text that offers a comprehensive study of the legal processes that guide criminal courts and the social contexts that introduce variations in the activities of actors inside and outside the court. Specifically the text focuses upon: Legal Processes. U.S. criminal courts are constrained by several legal processes and organizational structures that determine how the courts operate and how laws are applied. This book explores how democratic processes develop the criminal law in the United States, the documents tha.

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