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NCJ Number: 156005 Find in a Library
Title: Courts and Justice: A Reader
Author(s): G L Mays; P R Gregware
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 554
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88133-861-3
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Despite the recent spate of high profile, televised court cases, the reality is that most people understand very little about the courts and cannot articulate basic fundamentals about court personnel; to educate the public about lawyers and judges and the role of courts in enhancing the social good, this book compiles 29 articles that describe court processes and functions.
Abstract: The book introduces readers to various perspectives on the courts as institutions whose political aspects are usually less visible than those of the legislative or executive branches of government. The book also addresses the debate over where the power of the courts should reside, with legal experts or with the community. The book is intended to enhance knowledge about how the court system works, the role it plays in society, restrictions on the courts, and avenues that can be explored to solidify and enhance the courts. The 29 articles are organized according to six sections: (1) court overview; (2) decisionmaking components and processes; (3) jury duties and instructions; (4) problem areas for the judiciary; (5) politics in the decisionmaking process; and (6) program implementation and reform. Specific attention is paid to criminal and appeal courts, court administration, judicial recruitment and selection, prosecutor misconduct, criminal defense, due process, bail, criminal trial procedures, sentencing guidelines, legal services, and court reform. Endnotes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Court system
Index Term(s): Appellate courts; Course materials; Court management; Court procedures; Court reform; Court studies; Criminal procedures; Judicial process; Jury decisionmaking; Political influences; Public education; Sentencing guidelines; Trial courts; Trial procedures
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