Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Criminal CourtsFifth Edition!

Comprehensive and engaging, Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective explores all aspects of courts and related areas which are crucial to the criminal justice system. Written by three nationally recognized experts in the field, this text examines court structure, courtroom actors, trial and appeal process, and in addition, judicial decision making, specialized courts, and comparative court systems.

By presenting up-to-date key cases, data, and current controversial discussions such as the death penalty or legalization of cannabis, this fifth edition provides students with opportunities to view topics from the perspectives of the participants involved in the process and take a position on the issue that is raised.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge Craig Hemmens, David C. Brody and Cassia Spohn for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Integra of Vendor and Hemmens et al of Author team for developing the resources on this site.