Learning Objectives

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

  1. Explain the five methods of judicial selection, and why the subject of judicial selection has come under scrutiny
  2. List some of the benefits, training, and challenges of judges
  3. Describe why courtroom civility is important, as well as the meaning of “good judging”
  4. Relate the major duties of prosecutors and defense attorneys (to include their roles in plea negotiation)
  5. List the six main actors who participate in the courtroom work group and describe the courtroom subculture
  6. Discuss the various defenses that defendants may use in criminal cases to reduce or eliminate their criminal liability