The Judicial Process: Law, Courts, and Judicial Politics is an all-new, concise yet comprehensive core text that introduces students to the nature and significance of the judicial process in the United States and across the globe. It is social scientific in its approach, situating the role of the courts and their impact on public policy within a strong foundation in legal theory, or political jurisprudence, as well as legal scholarship. Authors Christopher P. Banks and David M. O’Brien do not shy away from the politics of the judicial process, and offer unique insight into cutting-edge and highly relevant issues. In its distinctive boxes, “Contemporary Controversies over Courts” and “In Comparative Perspective,” the text examines topics such as the dispute pyramid, the law and morality of same-sex marriages, the “hardball politics” of judicial selection, plea bargaining trends, the right to counsel and “pay as you go” justice, judicial decisions limiting the availability of class actions, constitutional courts in Europe, the judicial role in creating major social change, and the role lawyers, juries and alternative dispute resolution techniques play in the U.S. and throughout the world. Photos, cartoons, charts, and graphs are used throughout the text to facilitate student learning and highlight key aspects of the judicial process.

Access to Courts and Justice

Access to Courts and Justice

SHARING A COMMON HERITAGE, CAROL BOND BECAME BEST FRIENDS WITH Myrlinda Haynes after moving to Pennsylvania from Barbados. When Bond found out that her close friend was pregnant, she was ecstatic—until she learned that the baby she was carrying was fathered by Bond’s husband of fourteen years. In retaliation, Bond stole toxic chemicals from her employer and bought others online from Amazon. She put the poisons on Haynes’s car handles, front door, and mailbox. After suffering a burn on her thumb, Haynes complained to the Postal Service, which put surveillance cameras around her house. Shortly thereafter, Bond was caught placing chemicals in Haynes’s car muffler and arrested.

Ordinarily, local authorities prosecute domestic disputes under state law. ...

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