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NCJ Number: 209354 Find in a Library
Title: Inside the Criminal Courts
Author(s): David R. Lynch J.D.
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 314
Sponsoring Agency: Carolina Academic Press
Durham, NC 27701
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89089-520-1
Sale Source: Carolina Academic Press
700 Kent Street
Durham, NC 27701
United States of America
Type: Overview Text; Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook presents nonfictional and fictional case studies based on the author's experiences as a prosecutor and public defender in order to portray in a stimulating format all the topics generally associated with a course on the criminal courts.
Abstract: The first chapter, which focuses on the legal education of lawyers and judges, features a story that provides insights into the educational experience that helps shape future defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges. This is followed by a chapter on a young prosecutor's unexpected assignment to a day in juvenile court. In chapter 3, a professional court administrator confronts the many forces of case delay; and chapter 4 portrays a public defender who faces the difficulties associated with defending persons accused of crimes. The ethical dilemmas faced by a young county prosecutor in the use of discretionary decisionmaking that affects people's lives is addressed in chapter 5. In chapter 6, a lower court judge and a trial-level judge decide the fates of many; and witnesses are featured in chapter 7, including the victim-witness, the defendant as witness, the eyewitness, the character witness, the expert witness, and the police witness. The steps in due process and the plea bargain are portrayed in the stories of two chapters. Three chapters focus on the trial proceedings and jury deliberations in a case of a 22-year-old Muslim immigrant who wed two young girls under his religious law in a marriage arranged by the families according to old-world customs. The man is charged with bigamy and statutory rape. Remaining chapters address sentencing, the appeal, and problem-solving courts. Chapter notes and a subject index
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Court management; Defense; Defense counsel; Discretionary decisions; Judges; Jury decisionmaking; Juvenile courts; Law schools; Plea negotiations; Prosecution; Right to Due Process; Sentencing/Sanctions; Trial procedures; Witnesses
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