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Courts and trials : a reference handbook

Author: Christopher E Smith
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2003.
Series: Contemporary world issues.
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A collective overview of contemporary developments affecting court organization and judicial procedures.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher E Smith
ISBN: 1576079333 9781576079331 1576079341 9781576079348
OCLC Number: 51306196
Description: xii, 263 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The image and legitimacy of courts --
The distinguishing characteristics and functions of courts --
Distinctive decisionmaking --
Norm enforcement --
Dispute processing --
Buffer between citizens and government --
Policymaking --
The structure of courts --
Trial courts of limited jurisdiction --
Trial courts of general jurisdiction --
Appellate courts --
Trial processes and the role of rights --
Rights in the criminal trial process --
Criminal trial processes --
Civil trial processes --
Conclusion --
References and further reading --
Issues and controversies --
Methods for selecting judges --
Judicial elections --
Judicial appointments --
Merit selection --
The adversary system versus the inquisitorial system --
Adversary system --
The inquisitorial system --
The systems compared --
Legal representation for the poor --
Appointed counsel --
Contract counsel --
Public defenders --
Another alternative --
The capacity of citizen-jurors to make judicial decisions --
The history of jury trials --
Jury trials around the world --
U.S. Jury trials --
Complex information and the jury --
Accessibility of civil courts for dispute resolution --
Small-claims court --
Contingency fees --
European approaches --
Court access and governmental priorities --
Civil justice reform --
Tort reform --
Cyber court --
Court-annexed alternative dispute resolution --
Binding arbitration --
Public access to information about court cases --
Conflicts between public access and other goals --
Cameras in the courtroom --
Security risks and open trials --
Sentencing reform --
Mandatory sentences --
Sentencing guidelines --
Conclusion --
References and further reading --
Chronology --
References and further reading --
Biographical sketches --
Documents and statistics --
Selected provisions of the U.S. Constitution --
Article III --
Amendment V (1791) - Amendment VI (1791) - Amendment VII (1791) - Amendment VIII (1791) - Amendment XIV (1868) --
Selected examples of additional statutory and other materials --
Merit selection of judges in Missouri --
Judicial selection in New Mexico --
Alternative dispute resolution in Florida --
Sentencing guidelines commission in Minnesota --
North Dakota rules on cameras in the courtroom --
Cyber court --
Juror note-taking in Missouri --
Eligibility for legal assistance: Legal Services Corporation --
Excerpts from the testimony: President of the Legal Services Corporation --
Key decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court affecting courts and trials --
Data on courts and trials --
Court organization --
The nature of court caseloads and the prevalence of trials --
Case processing time and duration of trials --
Sentencing guidelines --
Agencies and organizations --
Print resources --
Books --
Journals, magazines, and newsletters --
Government documents and agency publications --
Nonprint resources --
Films --
Internet addresses.
Series Title: Contemporary world issues.
Responsibility: Christopher E. Smith.
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A collective overview of contemporary developments affecting court organization and judicial procedures.

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