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The American Courts: A Procedural Approach

Author(s): Jeffrey A. Jenkins, JD, EdD, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Justice Studies, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
  • ISBN-13: 9780763755287
  • Hardcover    338 pages      © 2011
Price: $193.95 US List
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Courtrooms are often lively places, and what occurs in them has a profound impact on the functioning of our democracy. The American Courts: A Procedural Approach, offers readers a thorough understanding of the United States court system by exploring the procedural aspects of the law. The rules of both criminal and civil procedure, how they are applied, and their influence on decision-making in the courts are thoroughly examined. This text is ideal for undergraduate and introductory graduate courses in criminal justice, legal studies, and government programs.

Key Features:

  • Covers the role, operations, and functions of the courts at all levels
  • Organized into five main sections: Courts in America, Courts at Work, Civil Law and Procedure in the Courts, Criminal Law and Procedure in the Courts, and The Changing of American Courts
  • Includes chapter “Sidebars” presenting case summaries, current issues, or provocative ideas that illustrate or demonstrate important topics discussed
  • Provides chapter summaries, discussion outlines, review questions, and suggested writing topics in every chapter.
  • Accompanied by an open access student companion website featuring:
    • an interactive glossary
    • interactive flashcards
    • crossword puzzles
    • relevant web links organized by chapter. These links can be used to research additional information on selected topics discussed in the text.

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Applicable Courses

This text is appropriate for the following courses:

Course                                Department
Courts                                  Criminal Justice/Paralegal Studies
Criminal                               Law/Procedure Criminal Justice/Paralegal Studies
Civil Law and Procedure         Paralegal Studies
American Government           Political Science/Sociology



*Every chapter ends with References, Cases, Key Terms, Discussion Questions, and Internet Resources.

Chapter 1.   American Justice

Chapter 2.   The Law in Society 

Chapter 3.   The Courts and Their Operation

Chapter 4.   Federal Courts

Chapter 5.   State Courts

Chapter 6.   Participants at Court

Chapter 7.   Family Courts

Chapter 8.   Juvenile Courts

Chapter 9.   Substantive Civil Law

Chapter 10.   Civil Procedure

Chapter 11.   Substantive Criminal Law

Chapter 12.   Criminal Procedure

Chapter 13.   The American Courts Today and Tomorrow

Appendix A. Constitution of the United States

Appendix B. Excerpts from the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

Appendix C. Excerpts from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure


Jeffrey A. Jenkins, JD, EdD-Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Justice Studies, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

Dr. Jeffrey Jenkins earned his law degree at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and his Doctorate in Educational Statistics and Measurement at Rutgers University. Dr. Jenkins also earned the M.A. in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He practiced law in large and small firms for over a decade, and presently teaches courts, criminal law, research methods, and statistics in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University. He also directs the graduate program in criminal justice.

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ISBN-13: 9780763755287

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