The U.S. Justice System: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1

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Steven Harmon Wilson
ABC-CLIO, 2012 - LAW - 1276 pages

A comprehensive, three-volume set that provides detailed background essays, short topical entries, and primary document excerpts to explain the organization, history, and functioning of the U.S. justice system.

The U.S. Justice System: An Encyclopedia is a one-stop resource, uniquely structured to include both introductory information as well as more in-depth and detailed resources. It explains not only how the American civil and criminal justice system affects the parties to a particular case or other legal action, but also how the rights, benefits, and legal protections of our country impact virtually all people in America.

The set comprises three volumes. The first volume provides chapter-length essays explaining the organization and functioning of federal, state, and local government, as well as the working of federal and state judiciaries, regulatory bodies, and penal systems. The second volume contains shorter, alphabetically arranged entries on hundreds of law-related topics, including case descriptions and biographies of major figures, federal and state court organizational charts, legal statistics, and other background information. The third volume contains original documents, statutes, and texts of important cases relevant to the functioning of the American justice system.

Readers will understand the structures, concepts, and vocabulary of American law and legal institutions, and grasp how the U.S. legal system has evolved to meet the complex changing needs of the nation.

* More than 50 contributing scholars provide a variety of expertise from the fields of law, history, and politics

* A separate volume of primary source documents

* A comprehensive bibliography as well as suggested readings for each essay and article

* A glossary of hundreds of key terms like "contract," "injunction," and "precedent"


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Steven Harmon Wilson is associate dean of liberal arts at Tulsa Community College, Metro Campus, Tulsa, OK.

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