Court Systems & Practices

CRIJ 1306

Updated April 24, 2012

  • State Approval Code: 2201015400
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Study of the judiciary in the American criminal justice system and the adjudication processes and procedures. Lecture Hrs = 3, Lab Hrs = 0


READ 301 or ESOL 311 or equivalent

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To comprehend the origins and evolution of U.S. and Texas political systems, with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas, federalism, civil liberties, and civil and human rights.
  • To analyze, critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.
  • To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news 4 media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. Understand the American judiciary system.
2. Identify the roles of judicial officers.
3. Identify the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing.
4. Interpret the role of evidence.

Specific Course Objectives

1. Define and discuss the role of the judiciary in the criminal justice system (reads, listens,write)
2. Explain and discuss the structure of the American court system (understands systems)
3. Define and discuss prosecution (interprets and communicates information)
4. Explain and discuss the right to counsel (interprets and communicates information)
5. Explain pre-trial release (listens, speaks) 6. describe and discuss grand juries (listens, reads, organizes and maintains information)
6. Define and discuss the adjudication process (interprets and communicates information)
7. Identify and define the types and rules of evidence (interprets and communicates information)
8. Explain and discuss sentencing. (listens, speaks)

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

See General Course Objectives


The course is predominately lecture on theory and practice within the varying aspects of a Criminal Justice career field. Video presentations and/or guest lecturers may be used periodically.

Your grade will be determined from:
Tests and Final Exam, Written Assignment(s) and Participation.  Participation portion of your grade are calculated subjectively, based on attendance, participation, and preperation.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

1. The American Courts, A Procedural Approach, Jenkins, 2011 Edition, Jones and Bartlett

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