Exam I Study Questions Part I
1. What were the main contributions of the early royal courts (Great Britain) to the
development of the common law system of justice? What is the difference between common
law and statutes?
Common judges, a common technical v
Exam I Study Questions Part IV
1. Name and define the five major types of jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court. The
answer is from the web assignment, not the book.
Writ of Certiorari- issued by the Supreme Court to order a lower court to prepare a case
Q: What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the
A: A good start!
Q: Whats the difference between a lawyer and a bucket of
Q: How many lawyer jokes are there?
A: Only 3. The rest are true stories.
Exam III Study Questions Part IV
1. How are U.S. Supreme Court justices selected? What is the criteria that is important in
the selection process? Who is involved in the process?
The formal criteria for presidential nominations of Supreme Court justices a
Exam III Study Questions Part III
1. What are the six general steps of appellate court procedures? Briefly explain what
happens at each step.
Notice of appeal is filed (launching the appeal)- the losing takes action and files an appeal within
a certain ti
1. Name and define the three types of juries. What are their primary functions and
decisions? (from readings and lecture)
Grand juries- group of citizens who decide if persons accused of crimes should be indicted (true
bill) or not (no true bill); serve a
The 5 preliminary steps in a civil lawsuit are: Grieving, Claiming, Disputing a
Claim, Hiring a Lawyer, and Deciding to Sue. At the Grievance stage an individual
believes that he or she (or group) is entitled to a resource controlled by some
Exam II Study Questions Part III
1. Grand juries- group of citizens who decide if persons accused of crimes should be indicted
(true bill) or not (no true bill); serve as investigatory bodies, and they act as a buffer between the
state and its citizens, p
Exam II Study Questions Part II
1. Who are the members of the courtroom workgroup? How do their relationships affect
the outcome of criminal cases?
Judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney; they have to rely on each other and work together to
achieve a goa
Exam II Study Questions Part I
1. Explain the 8 steps in criminal procedure from the crime to arraignment. What are the
steps and what happens at each step?
Commit the crime
Investigation- legal inquiry, trying to find facts and evidence, inspection, obse
Exam I Study Questions Part V
1. Although every state differs, in general there are 4 levels of state court systems. What are
these 4 levels of state courts?
Trial courts of limited jurisdiction, trial courts of general jurisdiction, intermediate court of
Exam I Study Questions Part III
1. What are the 3 specific bases of Federal District Court jurisdiction? (not the general
bases of jurisdiction)
Federal questions, diversity jurisdiction, prisoner petition
2. What is the dual court system? Why is it impor
Exam I Study Questions Part II
1. Define "law," including its 4 essential features.
Body of rules governing the relationships between members of society. Rules that are enacted by
public officials. Must be enacted by public officials in a legitimate way.