American Courts and the Judicial Process

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American Courts and the Judicial Process examines the many elements of the U.S. court system--its structure, function, and key actors. Author G. Larry Mays discusses the contrast between the law and rules as they are written and the way they play out in the real world. Concise and accessible, American Courts and the Judicial Process is ideal for undergraduate courts courses.

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* Written by a seasoned author and renowned criminologist
* Presents a variety of scholarship, both classic and current
* Organized logically, beginning with a brief overview of court personnel (judges, lawyers, etc.) before delving into the different types of courts and procedures (pre-trial, trial, and post-trial judicial processes)
* Contains distinctive pedagogy:
» "In Their Own Words" boxes containing quotes from leading judges, lawyers, legal scholars, and others
» "In the News" boxes discussing contemporary events
» "World View" boxes covering international courts and legal systems
* Discusses the major problems facing the American court system and considers potential solutions

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G. Larry Mays is Regents Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at New Mexico State University.

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