Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the methods and purposes of the adversarial court system
  • Explain court jurisdiction and how it is determined
  • Identify the purpose and process of state appeals courts
  • List the functions of the various tiers of the federal court system, including appeals courts
  • Relate the activities that occur during the pretrial process as attorneys prepare for trial
  • Delineate the trial process, from opening statements through conviction and appeal
  • Discuss the impact of new technologies on the courts