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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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America has a long history of sensationalized trials and infamous lawyers and judges, but what is the truth about how the US system of jurisprudence really works? This reference work presents an overview of the organization of courts and the procedures used in criminal and civil cases.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smith, Christopher E.
Courts and trials.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2003
(DLC) 2002155573
(OCoLC)51306196
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher E Smith
ISBN: 1576079341 9781576079348
OCLC Number: 53337563
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 265 p.)
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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America has a long history of sensationalized trials and infamous lawyers and judges, but what is the truth about how the US system of jurisprudence really works? This reference work presents an overview of the organization of courts and the procedures used in criminal and civil cases.

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