LST 617 The Courts Role in the Criminal Justice System


This course will focus on the structure, roles, and functions of state and federal courts and their effect on and relationship to other system components and social institutions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the courts from the perspective of the criminal defendants, victims of crime, actual and potential, witnesses and law enforcement personnel, the attorneys, both prosecution and defense, court support personnel, jurors and judges.
  • Understand the historical background of courts with emphasis on several history making cases that helped to produce the present day criminal justice system.
  • Learn the roles of the various actors in the court system will be examined through the basic steps of the criminal case.
  • Learn about the juvenile courts and the new trend to drug courts.