s-26 - The Contours of Justice Eisenstein * For Test Know...

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The Contours of Justice Eisenstein [9-14] ** For Test Know 1. What is a “County Legal Structure” 2. How Do courts organize themselves to do their work 1. The Notion of Community 1. Metaphor that of courts as communities A) Elements of community 1) Common workplace and interdependence likely found in all criminal courts (a) Defining the community as composed of individuals whose occupation leads to interdependence (b) Jurisdiction of the court provides some boundaries 2) Community as a neighborhood & “undercover communities” in organizations that seems especially applicable to courts B) Undercurrents and grapevines carrying gossip and info. in communities II) County Legal Culture and Court Communities [p. 9] A) County legal culture 1) in most places in the United States, state trial courts' jurisdictions extend to county boundaries (a) Most appropriate term b/c of the geographic concentration of judges & activities in 1 county courthouse B) Definition of County Legal Culture 1) Culture shapes both the behavior of individuals and the character of communities 2) Political culture is a central aspect of culture [legal culture part of political culture] 3) national legal culture sculpts county legal cultures throughout the United States, producing a common set of beliefs and accepted procedures C) 5 Recurring themes in the content of County Legal Culture 1) Self-Awareness as on Attribute of County Legal Culture (a) i.e.: in Du Page, defense attorneys described new set of prosecutors as “heavy handed”/ lacking a sense of justice (b) in Montgomery, Republican party’s centralization & ideologies led to shared beliefs ppl throughout offices in county courthouse were part of “one family” 2) Common Beliefs About Interpersonal Relations
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