skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 99294 Find in a Library
Title: Law, Courts, and Policy
Author(s): M S G Klein
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 327
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Sale Source: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines law and society; the participants in the judicial process; and the substance of judicial policies as they relate to civil, criminal, and constitutional law.
Abstract: Chapter 1 discusses law and the legal system and the two basic roles of law in society: provision of guidelines for settling disputes and selection of priorities among such competing values as liberty, equality, effectiveness, and social order. The next four chapters examine police, judges, lawyers, and the public (litigants, witnesses, jury members, the media, scientists, and interest groups) as participants in the courtroom. These legal participants are discussed in terms of their personal characteristics, their effectiveness in fulfilling various roles, their decisionmaking processes and ethics, and public relations. The extent to which these varying participants promote or impinge upon various values also is considered. The final three chapters examine legal policy. Chapter 6 examines the procedures and substance of civil law, including property law, contracts, torts, and human relations law. Chapter 7 examines criminal justice and includes sections on the nature and causes of crime, criminal justice, and penal justice. Chapter 8 analyzes constitutional law, and includes discussions of the notion of judicial review, the substance of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and the impact of the courts. Each chapter begins with a preview outlining the major topics to be discussed and ends with an assessment evaluating the material presented, questions for discussion, and recommended readings. An index and over 600 references are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Civil proceedings; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Court personnel; Court procedures; Criminal proceedings; Legal system; Policy analysis
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.