Outline of U.S. Legal System
by George Clack
Publisher: U. S. Department of State 2004
Number of pages: 228
This Outline covers the history and organization of the federal and state judicial systems; the criminal and civil court processes; the background, qualifications, and selection of federal judges; the role of other participants (lawyers, defendants, interest groups) in the judicial process; and the implementation and impact of judicial policies.
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