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CJA351 Courts & the Judicial Process

Lead Faculty: Dr James E. Guffey

Course Description

A study of concepts and theories regarding the utilization, organization and management of the judicial process. Critically reviews the issues of fair trial, speedy trial, free press, calendar control, judicial responsibility and new technology. Students analyze the roles of the legal actors, problems of lower, trial and appellate courts and the distribution of judicial powers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the basics of criminal procedure and criminal law.
  • Understand how the different components of the criminal justice system work together.
  • Describe the daily operation of the criminal courts.
  • Discuss and analyze the problems facing the criminal courts.
  • Evaluate reforms currently debated as cures for the perceived ills of the criminal justice system.