9-1 Types of Law
- Compare the different categories of law.
9-2 The Structure of the U.S. Legal System
- Trace the development of the American legal system, including the role currently played by the 50 state judicial systems within that larger system.
9-3 The Adversarial System of Justice
- Contrast the inquisitorial system with the adversarial system of justice; describe how the civil process proceeds from complaint to settlement or verdict, whereas the criminal justice system proceeds from initial charges to final verdict or plea.
9-4 Judicial Review and Its Implications
- Define the power of judicial review.
9-5 Limitations on Courts
- Describe the structural limitations on courts.
9-6 Electing and Appointing Judges
- Identify how federal and state judges are selected.
9-7 How a Case Proceeds within the U.S. Supreme Court
- Trace a Supreme Court case as it proceeds from writ of certiorari to final opinion.
9-8 Judicial Decision-Making and Debates over the Exercise of Judicial Power
- Identify the factors that influence judicial decision-making, and describe some of the recurring debates about the proper role of courts in American politics.