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Judicial Process in America

Judicial Process in America

Twelfth Edition

March 2022 | 560 pages | CQ Press
Judicial Process in America, Twelfth Edition, by Robert Carp, Kenneth Manning, and Lisa Holmes is a market-leading and comprehensive textbook for both academic and general audiences. The book explains the link between the courts, public policy, and the political environment. Considering the courts from every level, the authors cover judges, lawyers, litigants, and the variables at play in the judicial decision-making process, the impact of those decisions on American citizens, and what the consequences are for the United States today.

Chapter 1 Foundations of Law in the United States
Chapter 2 The Federal Judicial System
Chapter 3 State Judicial Systems
Chapter 4 Jurisdiction and Policymaking Boundaries
Chapter 5 State Judges
Chapter 6 Federal Judges
Chapter 7 Policy Links Among the Citizenry, the President, and the Federal Judiciary
Chapter 8 Lawyers, Litigants, and Interest Groups in the Judicial Process
Chapter 9 Crime and Procedures Prior to a Criminal Trial
Chapter 10 The Criminal Trial and Its Aftermath
Chapter 11 The Civil Court Process
Chapter 12 Decision Making by Trial Court Judges
Chapter 13 Decision Making in Collegial Courts
Chapter 14 Implementation and Impact of Judicial Policies
Chapter 15 Policymaking by American Judges: A Synthesis
Key features

  • The Annotated Constitution in the book’s appendix features the authors’ explanatory comments for each of the document’s articles and sections, offering context and references to landmark cases.
  • Chapter summaries help focus students’ study and review.
  • Further Thought and Discussion Questions promote critical thinking and reflection on key chapter points.
  • Annotated Suggested Resources list books, journal articles, and websites, offering students guidance for further research.
  • U.S. political scene updates driven by the recent change in the U.S. presidency; including the shift in presidential strategy for filling court appointments, changes in the Supreme Court composition, the role of courts in terrorism, and more.
  •  Advancements in U.S. state level changes with coverage of the movement of tort reform, examples of state legislative exertion of force on judge selection, and more. 
  •  Coverage of modern events; including, the legality of the Affordable Care Act and DREAMers, how to address the issues of immigration and deportation, status of abortion rights, transgender person issues, changes in issues with same-sex marriage, studies behind the decision patterns of the three women on the supreme court, and the impact Trump has had on the partisan composition of the courts. 
  •  Inclusion of more data on the voting patterns of the U.S. trial judges appointed by Obama, and for the first time, empirical data on the voting behavior of Trump’s trial court jurists. 
  •  New websites recommended at the end of each chapter for students to conduct further research the material. 
  •  COVID-19’s impact on the administration of federal courts. 
  • NEW and UPDATED for this edition
    • Reduced content by 10%
    • New discussion of the impact of Covid-19 on the administration of the federal courts and state judicial administration
    • Updated content on the expanding role of state supreme courts in important areas of policymaking such as same-sex marriage and legislative apportionment.
    • New discussion on how judicial restraint squelched attempts by former President Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
    • Substantial changes to Chapter 6 including attention to Trump’s nominees and the consequences of filibuster reform, a broader focus on “The Consequences of Lifetime Tenure” is brought to bear on the discussion of impeachment and recall of judges, and new content concerning when and how judges vacate their seats.
    • A new preliminary analysis of President Biden’s judicial nominations and his judicial appointment strategy.
    • Statistics have been updated throughout, and the material on the death penalty has been pulled into a separate section, expanded, and updated to reflect the resumption of federal executions late in the Trump presidency.
    • The trial of former Milwaukee police office Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is used to illustrate the various stages of a criminal trial. 

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