Table of Contents

PART I: FOUNDATIONS

1. Legal Foundations

2. Who Controls the Courts?

PART II: TYPES OF COURTS

3. Federal Courts

4. State Courts

5. Juvenile Courts

6. Specialized Courts

PART III: THE PEOPLE INVOLVED

7. Judges

8. Prosecutors

9. Defense Attorneys

10. Defendants and Victims: Their Roles and Rights

PART IV: THE COURT PROCESS

11. Pretrial Procedures

12. Plea Bargaining and Guilty Pleas

13. The Jury and the Trial

14. Sentencing, Appeals, and Habeas Corpus

PART V: CURRENT ISSUES AND THE FUTURE OF COURTS

15. Differential Treatment and Wrongful Convictions

16. Technology, Alternatives, and the Future