Schedule of Classes Course Description

Medgar Evers College
Course Prefix: PA                                     Course Number: 440                                    
Course Title: Judicial Process and Court Systems
Subject: Public Administration
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course provides an exploration of the federal courts, state judicial systems, the role of law and lawyers in society, the impact of court and judicial systems on public policy, the decision-making patterns of actors in judicial process, the politics and economics of judicial process, the ideological orientations of the judiciary, the procedures of pretrial, trial, hearings, and appeals. This course also offers a well-grounded understanding of formal court structures and practices. Students will learn how judicial decisions have a great impact on society, not just in criminal and constitutional matters, but in civil law and related areas of dispute resolution. The course is not limited to the study of criminal or constitutional law. Civil law is also studied because civil cases far outnumber criminal cases and the impact on judicial process. Also, emerging trends in alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and neutral fact-finding are studied.

Prerequisite: PA 300.
Start Date:    09/27/2006                         End Date: