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Chapter 8.1 - Criminal Justice Exam III Chapter 8: Courts...

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Criminal Justice Exam III Chapter 8: Courts and the Quest for Justice Types and functions of all levels of courts: State court systems include several levels, or tiers. These may include: o Lower courts, or courts of limited jurisdiction Most states have local trial courts that are limited to trying cases involving minor criminal matters, such as traffic violations, prostitution, and drunk/disorderly conduct. These cases are minor and usually keep no written record of the trial proceedings and cases are decided by a judge rather than a jury. The Majority of all minor criminal cases are decided in these lower courts. They can be responsible for preliminary stages of felony cases. Arraignments, bail hearings and preliminary hearings often take place in these courts. o Some types of courts with limited jurisdiction are: The Magistrate courts were one of the earliest courts with limited jurisdiction. It’s presided over by a
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Chapter 8.1 - Criminal Justice Exam III Chapter 8: Courts...

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