CRJ 3301


(Prerequisites: CRJ 2000 Introduction to Criminal Justice, or equivalent; CRJ 2001 Theory and Practice of Law) Enforcement, or equivalent; CRJ 2200 Theory and Practice of Corrections, or equivalent. This course examines the American judiciary in relationship to state and federal criminal justice systems, including court structure, jurisdiction, selection of judges, and judicial discretion. Emphasis is given to contemporary issues confronting the American courts.


  1. Assess the criminal justice system, the laws and rules that govern it.
  2. Define and explain terminology common to the judicial system.
  3. Trace and explain the history and structure of the state court system.
  4. Trace and analyze the development of the Federal Court system.
  5. Explain the process of becoming an attorney and a member of the American Bar Association.
  6. Summarize and analyze the litigation process that exists in the United States.
  7. Explain the appeals process and court system that has evolved in the U.S.
  8. Assess the forces that affect the U.S. Judicial System.
  9. Analyze the roles of the various courts that exist within the U.S.
  10. Explain the concept of “Judicial Policy Making”.
  11. Evaluate the politics of Judicial Selection.
  12. Explain the most recent developments in the court process and how the system has changed to one focusing on victims' rights as well as defendants' rights.
  13. Analyze the relationship between the media and the courts.
  14. Evaluate the litigation explosion and tort reform.


  1. CRJ 2200
  2. CRJ 2001
  3. CRJ 2000


Courts and criminal justice in America (Rev: 2)

Publisher: Pearson (2015)
Author: Siegel, L. J., Schmalleger, F., & Worrall, J. L.
ISBN: 978-0-13-345999-9
Price: (No information available)

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