Synopses & Reviews
This highly respected text by leading scholar Lawrence Baum provides thorough descriptions of the courts and their activities; explanations of what courts do, how people within them behave, and how they relate to the rest of the political system; and an evaluation of the courts' work. The best-seller for political science or pre-law courses in the judicial process or judicial politics, American Courts is the most comprehensive, current, and accessible text in its market.
"This text is a comprehensive examination of the American legal system, grounded in current scholarship, and presented in an engaging and accessible fashion. Baum's credentials as a preeminent judicial scholar makes this text an authoritative source of information on the American court system."
Scholar Lawrence Baum presents thorough descriptions of the courts and their activities with clear, engaging prose to foster student interest. Comprehensive and current, the text offers explanations of what the courts do, how officers of the court perform their duties, and how the judicial branch relates to the rest of the political system.
About the Author
Lawrence Baum is Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University. Among his books are THE SUPREME COURT, 10th edition (CQ Press 2010), SPECIALIZING THE COURTS (University of Chicago Press 2011), and JUDGES AND THEIR AUDIENCES (Princeton University Press 2006). The subjects of his research include judicial decision making and the selection and careers of judges.
Table of Contents
Note: Chapters 2-9 end with Conclusions, For Further Reading, Internet Resources, and Notes. 1. An Overview of the Courts Courts and Law Understanding Courts as Institutions The Roles of Courts: Functions and Impact Explaining Court Processes and Outcomes Evaluating Courts 2. Court Organization General Principles of Court Organization The Federal Courts The State Court Systems 3. Lawyers The Legal Profession Access to Legal Services The Lawyer-Client Relationship 4. The Selection of Judges General Issues in Judicial Selection The Selection of Federal Judges The Selection of State Judges The Impact of Formal Selection Systems 5. Judges Judges' Backgrounds Judges on the Bench The Quality of Judicial Performance 6. Trial Courts: Criminal Cases An Overview of Criminal Courts Bringing Cases to Court Plea Bargaining Criminal Trials Sentencing Decisions 7. Trial Courts: Civil Cases An Overview of Civil Courts Deciding Whether to Litigate The Litigation Process Winners and Losers 8. Appellate Courts: The Process An Overview of Appellate Courts Appeals Screening Cases Decision Making 9. Appellate Courts: Policy and Impact Appellate Court Decisions as Policies The Impact of Appellate Court Policies