CRJU 2200 - The Judicial Process


Provides an overview of the judicial component of the criminal justice system which focuses on the structure, role, jurisdiction, and operation of the courts and the courtroom workgroup in the adjudicatory and appellate process at the local, state, and federal levels.

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure of American law and its application in federal and state courts.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of courtroom workgroups, with emphasis on prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the function and mobilization of criminal law, including treatment of victims and processing of defendants.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the trial process at the state and federal levels, as well as sentencing, and appellate review.
  5. Relate their knowledge to an observation in a courtroom and demonstrate the ability to write a basic observation paper using proper grammar and organizational skills.
  • Module 1: Courts, Crime, and Controversy; and the Legal System
  • Module 2: Courts Overview & The Legal System
  • Module 3: U.S. Courts Conclusion
  • Module 4: State and Juvenile Courts
  • Module 5: The Dynamics of Courthouse Justice
  • Module 6: Legal Actor - Judges
  • Module 7: The Legal System Conclusion
  • Module 8: Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys
  • Module 9: Appellate and Habeas Corpus Review
  • Module 10: Defendants and Victims
  • Module 11: Arrest, Bail, and Arraignment
  • Module 12: Disclosing & Suppressing Evidence
  • Module 13: Negotiated Justice and the Plea of Guilty
  • Module 14: Trials and Juries
  • Module 15: Sentencing Options
  • Module 16: Sentencing Decisions

Credit Hours

Criminal Justice


  • None

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