Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the five methods of judicial selection, and why the subject of judicial selection has come under scrutiny
  • List some of the benefits, training, and challenges of judges
  • Describe why courtroom civility is important, as well as the meaning of “good judging”
  • Relate the major duties of prosecutors and defense attorneys (to include their roles in plea negotiation)
  • List the six main actors who participate in the courtroom work group and describe the courtroom subculture