Chapter 03 - The Court System
THE COURT SYSTEM
The purpose of this chapter is to acquaint the students with the judicial process or the "rules of
the game" so that they can appreciate the role of the courts in resolving disputes.
responsibilities of judges, jurors, and lawyers also are examined.
The chapter will demonstrate
the powers and functions of the courts and illustrate the many factors that make the outcome of
any case unpredictable. Students will gain an understanding of the key personnel associated with
the court system, how the court systems are organized and function, learn about the power of
judicial review, and become familiar with background and judicial alignment of the current
members of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Finally, students will be exposed to a sample case from the
U.S. Supreme Court, including the majority and dissenting opinions.
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