2350+Syllabus+Spring+2010

2350+Syllabus+Spring+2010 - SYLLABUS CJ 2350 AMERICAN...

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SYLLABUS CJ 2350 AMERICAN COURTS AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Spring, 2010 Instructor: David B. Perkins Text: Required: , 9 th Edition. (Study guide to the text is optional) Office and Office Hours : Hines AC, Room 129; Tel. No. 245-2174; E-mail dp13@txstate.edu; M/F: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., 11:50 a.m – 2:00 p.m., & other times by appointment. F: 8:30 – 9 a.m. & other times by specific appointment. T/Th: Times by appointment. Course Description : A study of the structures of the American Criminal Court Systems and the procedures by which federal, state and local jurisdictions are operated. Emphasis will be placed upon the trial level courts and their pre-trial and trial processes. The course will also explore the roles of the legal actors in the systems (the prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and court staff personnel) and the dynamics of courthouse justice (prosecutorial discretion, pre-trial release, plea bargaining and sentencing). Objectives : The course is directed toward providing insight for the student into the pivotal role of the criminal courts, not only within the Criminal Justice System, but also their importance upon society as a whole. It is designed to acquaint the student with the legal rules which govern the operation of the courts, but also to achieve an understanding of the assumptions underlying these rules, the history of how the rules developed and the goals and objectives they seek to achieve. Finally, it is also intended to bridge the gap between what courts do in theory and what they do in practice, how they do it, and why they do it. Exams and Grading: Three equally weighted examinations will be administered during the semester. The respective examinations will cover the material and chapters of the text as indicated by the course outline, and all lecture material covered contemporaneously with the study of the various chapters. The exact dates of the first and second exams will be announced in class. The final exam will be at the date and time set out in the University’s Semester Calendar. The final exam will be non-comprehensive and of equal value to the first two exams, thus it is important that students prepare themselves diligently for the earlier exams as well as for the final. Attendance for examinations is mandatory.
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