Learning Objectives

As a result of reading this chapter, you will be able to:

1.  Explain the methods and purposes of the adversarial court system

2.  Explain court jurisdiction and how it is determined

3.  Describe trial courts of general and limited jurisdictions

4. Identify the purpose and process of appeals courts

5. List the functions of the various tiers of the federal court system

6. Relate the activities that occur during the pretrial process as attorneys prepare for trial

7. Delineate the trial process, from opening statements through conviction and appeal

8. Discuss the impact of new technologies on the courts