cja373 | undergraduate
Criminal Court Systems
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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The Legal System
- Discuss caseloads of federal courts.
- Discuss caseloads of state courts.
- Compare and contrast federal and state courts and their organizational structure.
- Understand the basis for the law.
- Identify the rights of the accused.
- Differentiate between civil and criminal law.
Defendants, Victims and Witnesses
- Understand the characteristics of victims.
- Discuss the Victims' Rights Movement and programs to assist victims and witnesses.
- Understand the characteristics of defendants.
- Understand the court process through the eyes of victims and witnesses.
- Understand the process of bail setting.
- Discuss the effect of arrests on the court process.
- Understand the initial appearance and charging process.
- Understand the arraignment.
- Understand the rules regarding disclosure of evidence.
- Discuss the procedures contesting confessions, searches and seizures.
- Compare and contrast the preliminary hearing and grand jury procedures.
- Discuss theories of case attrition.
- Discuss bail reform.
- Discuss the benefits and frustrations of the position of the judge.
- Discuss the work-related functions of the judge.
- Discuss the inner workings of the courthouse and identify the people who work there.
- Understand the right to counsel and the obligations of defense counsel.
- Discuss the work-related functions of the defense attorney.
- Discuss the problem of "delay" and its effects on the functions of the court.
- Define the role of the prosecutor.
- Compare and contrast state and federal prosecutions.
- Discuss the work-related functions of the prosecutor.
- Understand the role of the defense attorney.
- Understand the rules and procedures available for criticism of judicial performance.
- Understand plea bargaining procedures.
- Understand jury selection procedures.
- Identify and understand trial procedures.
- Understand sentencing procedures.
- Discuss the abolition of plea bargaining.
- Understand theory underlying sentencing choices.
- Discuss the procedures contesting confessions, searches, and seizures.
- Discuss the constitutional right to trial by jury.
- Understand appellate court procedures.
- Compare and contrast appeals and post conviction reviews.
- Discuss the expansion and contraction of post-conviction remedies and procedures.
- Understand Juvenile Court Procedure.
- Compare and contrast juvenile and adult courts.
- Understand Juvenile Court jurisdiction.
- Identify Juvenile Courtroom Work Group.
- Identify scope and role of lower courts.
- Discuss problems of lower courts.
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