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Introduction To Criminal Court System

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This course is an introduction and overview of the legal system, the participants, the courtroom process, and post-conviction process of the court system. It demonstrates the connections among participants and how they relate to each other. Additionally, the course covers the history of the court system and the different types of court at the state and federal levels.



This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Development of the Courts

    • Differentiate between trial court and appellate court.
    • Differentiate between state court systems and federal court systems.
    • Recognize common law heritage of the American legal system.

    Crime Committed, Arrest, and Post-Arrest Procedures

    • Outline the elements of a crime.
    • Identify three of the legal defenses.
    • Describe the process following the commission of a crime.
    • Explain post-arrest procedures.
    • Define the adversarial system.
    • Describe the concept of due process.
    • Identify the rights of the accused.

    History of the Courts

    • Analyze the history of courts in the United States.
    • Examine the creation of laws.

    Participants in Courtroom Drama, Part 1

    • Classify the duties of the prosecutor.
    • Define prosecutorial discretion.
    • Describe the defense lawyer’s role in the court system.
    • Recognize the importance of attorney-client confidentiality.

    Post-Conviction Process – Sentencing and Appeals

    • Examine the appeals process.
    • Identify the legal factors in sentencing.

    Courtroom Process, Part 2

    • Summarize the bail system.
    • Define plea bargaining.
    • Compare and contrast a bench trial and a jury trial.

    Post-Conviction Process – Philosophies and Sanctions

    • Describe sanctions.
    • Identify different punishment philosophies.
    • Explain the juvenile court process.

    Participants in Courtroom Drama, Part 2

    • Explain judicial discretion and its effect on other participants.
    • Describe the duties of the judge and how judges are selected.
    • Describe the duties of jurors and the duties of other courtroom players.

    Courtroom Process, Part 1

    • Describe the models of the criminal justice process.
    • Identify case attrition and key points in the criminal justice process.
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