Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Criminal Courts, Fourth Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Criminal Courts by Craig Hemmens, David C. Brody, and Cassia Spohn offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


Written by three nationally recognized experts in the field, Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective explores all the fundamental topics (court structure, courtroom actors, and the trial and appeals process) as well as other ground-breaking topics, such as specialty courts and comparative court systems. This bestseller provides students with a foundation for understanding key concepts by reviewing the judicial function, the role and purpose of law, sources of law, the various types of law, and the American court system’s structure and operations. Students build on this foundation by learning about participants in the system and the pretrial, trial, and post-trial processes. 

Packed with contemporary examples and new pedagogical tools, the Fourth Edition has been thoroughly revised with the most up-to-date content and resources to give students a more comprehensive understanding of the criminal courts system.


We gratefully acknowledge Craig Hemmens, David C. Brody, and Cassia Spohn for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Mercedes Valadez of California State University Sacramento, Susannah Tapp of Georgia State University, and Elizabeth Perkins of Morehead State University for developing the ancillaries on this site.