The Criminal Court System
Prerequisites: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice, AND either CJS 200 Literature in Criminal Justice OR CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice required.
This course is designed to expand students' understanding of the roles of criminal court at the federal, state, and local levels. As the intermediate step between law enforcement and corrections, courts are an integral part of the criminal justice system. The course will explore the power and limitations of the judicial branch of government with regard to its role in the criminal justice system, as well as learn about the roles of various court professionals and develop a detailed understanding of the court process.
- Analyze key judicial system concepts and controversies.
- Apply required readings and lectures to analysis of specific court cases.
- Demonstrate written and oral communication skills.
- Examine and explain the roles, responsibilities, and dynamics of courthouse professionals.
- Understand the function and organization of courts at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.
- Examine the roles, responsibilities, and dynamics of courthouse professionals.
- Assess and critique the functions and organizations of courts at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Critique federal, state, and local criminal courts, and propose and design needed improvements.