American Criminal Courts

Legal Process and Social Context
Author: Casey Welch,John Randolph Fuller
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 145572811X
Category: Law
Page: 614
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American Criminal Courts: Legal Process and Social Context provides a complete picture of both the theory and day-to-day reality of criminal courts in the United States. The book begins by exploring how democratic processes affect criminal law, the documents that define law, the organizational structure of courts at the federal and state levels, the overlapping authority of the appeals process, and the effect of legal processes such as precedent, jurisdiction, and the underlying philosophies of various types of courts. In practice, criminal courts are staffed by people who represent different perspectives, occupational pressures, and organizational goals. Thus, this book includes chapters on actors in the traditional courtroom workgroup (judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, etc.) as well as those outside the court who seek to influence it, including advocacy groups, the media, and politicians. It is the interplay between the court's legal processes and the social actors in the courtroom that makes the application of criminal law fascinating. By focusing on the tension between the law and the actors inside of it, American Criminal Courts: Legal Process and Social Context demonstrates how the courts are a product of "law in action" and presents content in a way that enables you to understand not only the "how" of the U.S. criminal court system, but also the "why." Clearly explains both the principles underlying the development of criminal law and the practical reality of the court system in action A complete picture of the criminal justice continuum, including prosecution, defense, judges, juries, sentencing, and pre-trial and appeals processes Feature boxes look at how courts are portrayed in the media; identify landmark due-process cases; illustrate the pros and cons of the courts’ discretionary decision-making; examine procedures and the goals of justice; and highlight the various types of careers available within the criminal courts

America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System


Author: David W. Neubauer,Henry F. Fradella
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1337557897
Category: Education
Page: 648
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The premier choice for Courts courses for decades, this popular text offers a comprehensive explanation of the courts and the criminal justice system, presented in a streamlined, straightforward manner that appeals to instructors and students alike. Neubauer and Fradella's crisp and clear writing, characterized by the organization of material into brief sections within chapters, ensures that readers gain a firm handle on the material. At the same time, the text's innovative courtroom workhouse model -- which focuses on the interrelationships among the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney -- brings the courtroom to life. AMERICA'S COURTS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM has long been known for the way it gives students an accurate glimpse of what it is like to work within the American criminal justice system, and the thirteenth edition is no exception. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Criminal Courts

A Contemporary Perspective
Author: Craig Hemmens,David C. Brody,Cassia Spohn
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1506306594
Category: Social Science
Page: 536
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Written by three nationally recognized experts in the field, Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective explores all conventional topics (court structure, courtroom actors, and the trial and appeals process) as well as others seldom covered, such as specialty courts and the goals and functions of the law. Authors Craig Hemmens, David C. Brody, and Cassia Spohn take a comprehensive and accessible approach which allows instructors to cover all of the “standard” material and the option to add selections they consider interesting and relevant to their particular course. This text will provide students with an understanding of the foundational concepts and enable them to hold a detailed discussion about the criminal courts system and the participants involved. Packed with contemporary examples and new pedagogical tools, the Third Edition has been thoroughly revised with the most up-to date content and resources to give students a more comprehensive understanding of the criminal courts system. Additional instructor resources and study tools can be found online at www.sagepub.com/hemmens2e.

Inside the Criminal Courts


Author: David Richard Lynch
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781594607448
Category: Law
Page: 347
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Inside the Criminal Courts is an innovative textbook that combines elements of nonfiction with fictional stories based in large part on author David Lynch's experiences as a full-time prosecutor and full-time public defender. Lynch, who holds both a law degree and a PhD in criminal justice, has published numerous articles on the criminal courts in such leading journals as Law & Social Inquiry, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and the Journal of Criminal Justice. He currently teaches in the criminal justice program at Weber State University where he recently won a prestigious teaching award. Inside the Criminal Courts covers all of the usual topics generally associated with a course on the criminal courts, but does so by integrating the essentials into compelling and realistic stories that are enjoyable to read. Students learn important concepts and terms which are embedded in instructive case studies featuring prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, witnesses, defendants, and others. Far from being merely a book on the law, this text takes the reader behind the scenes on a journey into the real world dynamics of criminal courthouse justice. An instructor¿s manual (including a test bank) is available. Topics explored in this book are presented in fifteen chapters as follows: (1) The Education of Lawyers and Judges; (2) A Day in Juvenile Court; (3) Justice Delayed; (4) The Criminal Defense Attorney; (5) The Prosecuting Attorney; (6) The Judge; (7) The Witness; (8) The Steps of Due Process; (9) The Plea Bargain; (10) The Trial, Part I; (11) The Trial, Part II; (12) The Jury Deliberates; (13) Sentencing; (14) The Appeal; (15) Problem-Solving Courts. In this second edition, the author (who has both a law degree and a Ph.D. in criminal justice) has added, among other things, helpful "Questions for Class Discussion" to each chapter and a brand new, provocative final chapter that ties the entire book together.

Truth Commissions and Criminal Courts


Author: Alison Bisset
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107008034
Category: Law
Page: 205
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A multi-level analysis of truth commissions and courts in the ICC era.

Law, Social Science, and the Criminal Courts


Author: Alisa Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 380
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"Readers are introduced to the "law in action" by demonstrating how social science influences the courts and the courts influence society. Readers will be able to critically review court opinions and social science studies that test some of the assumptions relied upon in court decisions. Sociology of law, law and society, and criminal justice students will find this book interesting as it raises questions about the influence of law on society and whether empirical research helps or hinders grounded judicial decision-making."--BOOK JACKET.

Review of the Criminal Courts of England and Wales

Report
Author: Robin Auld,Robin Ernest Auld
Publisher: Stationery Office Books (TSO)
ISBN: N.A
Category: Criminal courts
Page: 686
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This report examines the purpose, structure and working of the criminal courts in the criminal justice system. In particular it considers: re-structuring and improving the composition of the criminal courts and the better matching of courts to cases; introducing a new structure for direction and better management of the criminal justice system; removing work from the criminal process that should not be there; improving preparation for trial and trial procedures and reform of the law of criminal evidence; simplification of the appellate structure. In proposing change attention is paid to the law of human rights and the potential of information technology to re-shape practices. However a central concern is the need to enhance public confidence in the whole system.

Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Courts and the European Court of Human Rights

Procedure and Evidence
Author: Vladimir Tochilovsky
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
ISBN: 9004163387
Category: Law
Page: 912
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The book provides a comprehensive guide to the jurisprudence of the criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Court, and the European Court of Human Rights on procedural and evidential matters.

A report on the criminal courts of San Francisco


Author: San Francisco (Calif.). Committee on Crime
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: N.A
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Our Criminal Courts


Author: Raymond Moley
Publisher: Ayer Publishing
ISBN: 9780405061813
Category: Criminal justice, Administration of
Page: 271
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The author examines the administration of criminal law relating to serious offenses. Topics include prelinaries to trial, court rules and machinery, the concept of insanity & the impact of the media on trials.

A Fair Hearing?

Ethnic Minorities in the Criminal Courts
Author: Stephen Shute,Roger G. Hood,Florence Seemungal
Publisher: Willan Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 160
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This book is based in research which investigated the experiences of ethnic minority, as well as white, defendants and witnesses in the criminal courts. It examines in particular the extent to which black and Asian people who had appeared in both the Crown Court and the magistrates' courts perceived their treatment to have been unfair, whether they believed any unfairness to have been the result of ethnic bias, and whether this had affected their confidence in the criminal courts. The study was carried out by the Oxford Centre for Criminological Research in association with the University of Birmingham for the Lord Chancellor's Department (now the Department for Constitutional Affairs. It involved observations of cases and interviews with more than a thousand people (defendants, witnesses, barristers, solicitors, judges, magistrates and others), and focused on courts in Manchester, Birmingham and London. A Fair Hearing? Ethnic minorities in the criminal courts begins by showing how widely held the belief has been that ethnic minorities are discriminated against by the courts and by other agencies in the criminal justice system. It discusses the factors that contributed to this belief, especially the large over-representation of black people in prison. The main part of the book then looks at the institutional setting in which the research took place, the experience of defendants and witnesses, their views about how they were treated by the criminal courts, and the views of others involved in the court process. Final chapters address the issue of sensitivity to ethnicity on the part of judges, magistrates and lawyers. It shows that attitudes and practices are perceived to have changed for the better and examines what more needs to be done to increase the confidence that members of ethnic minorities have in the fairness of the criminal courts.

Criminal Courts

Structure, Process, and Issues
Author: Richard D. Hartley,Gary A. Rabe,Dean J. Champion
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780133779745
Category: Law
Page: 408
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A comprehensive examination of the criminal court system and the processing of defendants From the actors in the system, including judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, through the sentencing and appeals process, Criminal Courts provides comprehensive coverage of the United States Criminal Court systems in a succinct, readable approach. It examines issues confronting the system from historical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological perspectives, and throughout there are comparisons of court ideals with what actually happens in the courts. Comprehensive coverage of the processing of offenders from when they are arrested and charged with crimes, to when they are convicted and sentenced is presented, and throughout the text, practical, real-life applications of the topics and issues give the material meaning. Included to enhance learning are: evidence-based chapter openings that provide context to the chapter's material, boxes that discuss relevant case law, chapter summaries to reiterate the chapter learning objectives, and policy-oriented critical thinking exercises based on current issues facing the system.

The International Criminal Court

the making of the Rome Statute : issues, negotiations and results
Author: Roy S. K. Lee
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
ISBN: 9789041112125
Category: Political Science
Page: 657
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"This publication is a collective work by a group of persons closely associated with the actual making of the Rome Statute. It covers the substantive and procedural issues raised during the preparatory stages as well as at the Conference. These active participants in the Conference provide an account of the main contentions on each of the key issues, the divergent approaches put forward by the principal proponents, how differences were resolved, how groups of articles were prepared, and how the final text as a whole was assembled."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

General Principles of Law in the Decisions of International Criminal Courts and Tribunals


Author: Fabián Raimondo
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004170472
Category: Law
Page: 212
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International lawyers usually disregard the vital functions that general principles of law may play in the decisions of international courts and tribunals. As far as international criminal law is concerned, general principles of law may be crucial to the outcome of an international trial, "inter alia" because the conviction of an accused in respect of a particular charge may depend on the existence of a given defence under this source. This volume examines the role that general principles of law have played in the decisions of international criminal courts and tribunals. In particular, it analyses their alleged a ~subsidiarya (TM) nature, their process of determination, and their transposition from national legal systems into international law. It concludes that general principles of law have played a significant role in the decisions of international criminal courts and tribunals, not only by filling legal gaps, but also by being a fundamental means for the interpretation of legal rules and the enhancement of legal reasoning.

Building the International Criminal Court


Author: Benjamin N. Schiff
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139470191
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first and only standing international court capable of prosecuting humanity's worst crimes: genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. It faces huge obstacles. It has no police force; it pursues investigations in areas of tremendous turmoil, conflict, and death; it is charged both with trying suspects and with aiding their victims; and it seeks to combine divergent legal traditions in an entirely new international legal mechanism. International law advocates sought to establish a standing international criminal court for more than 150 years. Other, temporary, single-purpose criminal tribunals, truth commissions, and special courts have come and gone, but the ICC is the only permanent inheritor of the Nuremberg legacy. In Building the International Criminal Court, Oberlin College Professor of Politics Ben Schiff analyzes the International Criminal Court, melding historical perspective, international relations theories, and observers' insights to explain the Court's origins, creation, innovations, dynamics, and operational challenges.

Criminal Courts for the 21st Century


Author: Stewart J. D'Alessio
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 429
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"Criminal Courts for the 21st Century offers a comprehensive collection of 20 criminal justice articles, all culled from leading scholarly journals. This reader offers the student an up-to-the-minute look at our courts, judiciary, and the entire criminal trial from pretrial procedures to punishment and sentencing. Authored by top criminal justice authorities, the articles of Criminal Courts for the 21st Century bring the newest issues to light, a must for professors who want to show the dynamic, ever-changing atmosphere of the modern courtroom."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Chaos in the Courthouse

The Inner Workings of the Urban Criminal Courts
Author: Paul B. Wice
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 199
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This book is a comprehensive portrait of our nation's criminal court system with its primary focus on the judge's role. It provides a first-hand look at the criminal justice system based on interviews with 500 judges and other key members of the criminal court workgroup, including prosecuters, public defenders, private criminal lawyers, court clerks and probation officers, in 15 major jurisdictions nationwide. In addition to a discussion on the art of judging criminal cases, the book compares and contrasts the criminal courts under consideration.

Colonial Discourse and Gender in U.S. Criminal Courts

Cultural Defenses and Prosecutions
Author: Caroline Braunmühl
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415899257
Category: Political Science
Page: 281
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The occurrence in some criminal cases of "cultural defenses" on behalf of "minority" defendants has stirred much debate. This book is the first to illuminate how "cultural evidence" — i.e., "evidence" regarding ethnicity — is actually negotiated by attorneys, expert/lay witnesses, and defendants in criminal trials. Caroline Braunmühl demonstrates that this has occurred, overwhelmingly, in ways shaped by colonialist and patriarchal discourses common in the Western world. She argues that the controversy regarding the legitimacy of a "cultural defense" has tended to obscure this fact, and has been biased against minorities as well as all women from its inception, in the very terms in which the question for debate has been framed. This study also breaks new ground by analyzing the strategies, and the failures, in which colonialist and patriarchal constructions of cultural evidence are resisted or — more commonly — colluded in by opposing attorneys, witnesses, and defendants themselves. The constructions at hand emerge as contradictory and unstable, belying the notion that cultural evidence is a matter of objective "information" about another culture, rather than — as Braunmühl argues — of discourses that are inevitably normatively charged. Colonial Discourse and Gender in US Criminal Courts moves the debate about cultural defenses onto an entirely new plane, one based upon the understanding that only in-depth empirical analyses informed by critical, rigorous theoretical reflection can do justice to the irreducibly political character of any discussion of "cultural evidence," and of its presentation in court.

The Trial Proceedings Of The International Criminal Court

ICTY And ICTR Precedents
Author: Notburga K. Calvo-Goller
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004149317
Category: Law
Page: 561
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Contains the trial proceedings of the International Criminal Court, the ICTY and the ICTR in one single volume. This book covers the procedural and evidentiary aspects of the trials before the ICC from the beginning of an investigation until the time the convict has served the sentence and it includes ICTY and ICTR precedents.