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A basic resource that will be of value to most library collections.
Editor: Timothy L. Hall,
University of Mississippi Law School
April 2004 · 2 volumes · 797 pages · 6"x9"
The U.S. Legal System
The U.S. Legal System surveys the legal system of the United States in articles that emphasize basic legal concepts and offer a practical guide to how the federal and state legal systems work. Its articles examine such subjects as the training, practices, and ethics of attorneys and law firms; the organization, procedures and workings of the various kinds of courts; the selection, work, and ethics of judges; the responsibilites of other court officers, such as bailiffs, clerks, and reporters; the selection and use of juries; types of laws; and types of law enforcement bodies.
Designed to be easy to use, this alphabetically arranged two-volume reference work contains 256 essays. Each essay begins with a short statement defining the subject at hand, develops the topic by means of historical background information and case examples, and concludes with a list of cross-references to related articles in the set. Essays of more than one thousand words in length contain selected readings sections that direct interested readers to books, journal articles, and Internet Web sties for further study.
Most of the articles in The U.S. Legal System are taken from Magill's Legal Guide (1999), while others are taken from American Justice (1996) andEncyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court (2000). All the material going intoThe U.S. Legal System has been reviewed by the editor, a law professor, and updated as necessary.
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Clear, authoritative treatment of all aspects of criminal justice - emphasis on justice in the media.
U.S. Laws, Acts, and Treaties
Provides the much-needed service of selecting, from literally thousands of U.S. laws, those most likely to come up in classroom discussions.
The Bill of Rights
A comprehensive survey of all aspects of the U.S. Bill of Rights; from its origins to its role in modern American history.
U.S. Court Cases
Fundamental issues of law and what is meant by "justice" plus presentations of the 212 most important US court cases.