This course is a survey to the historical aspects of the courts and various components of the legal system. It examines the different types of court at the state and federal levels, courtroom players, courtroom processes, and post conviction process of the court system. Additionally, it illustrates the correlation among all courtroom participants, differentiates roles and responsibilities, and examines how they relate to one another.
Evaluate different punishment philosophies and their associated sanctions.
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of bench and jury trials.
Assess the use of discretion at key points in the criminal justice process, including attrition, bail, and plea bargaining.
Describe the models of the criminal justice process.
Participants in Courtroom Drama
Determine the roles, responsibilities, and ethical duties of jurors and other courtroom participants.
Determine the roles, responsibilities, and ethical duties of judges.
Analyze the role of attorney–client confidentiality in different stages of the process.
Distinguish between the roles of defense and prosecution lawyers, including responsibilities and ethical duties.
Crime Committed, Arrest, and Post Arrest Procedures
Determine the role of due process in the American legal system and its supporting laws.
Evaluate the adversarial system.
Analyze the steps in the process after a crime has been committed.
Determine appropriate application of different legal defenses.
Apply the elements of a crime to the criminal procedure process.
History and Development of the Courts
Compare state court systems and the federal court system.
Differentiate between the trial court and appellate court.
Summarize the history of courts in the United States.
Explain the historical evolution of the American legal system.
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