The highly respected AMERICAN COURTS: PROCESS AND POLICY, by top Courts scholar Lawrence Baum, provides clear descriptions of the courts and the activities of the various courts. The Seventh Edition explains what courts do, how people within them behave, and how they relate to the rest of the political system.
1. An Overview of the Courts.
2. Court Organization.
4. The Selection of Judges.
6. Trial Courts: Criminal Cases.
7. Trial Courts: Civil Cases.
8. Appellate Courts: The Process.
9. Appellate Courts: Policy and Impact.
"Getting undergraduate students to do the readings is always a significant challenge for any professor. American Courts does not talk down to students, but does allow them to understand state and federal courts and the American judicial system. I thought American Courts would be a book that my students would read and understand and would offer them the best opportunity to learn about law and the judicial process."— Robert M. Howard, Georgia State University
"Baum always incorporates the most recent political science research into the book and does so in a way that is understandable to undergraduates. He also is aware of the current political climate and issues related to courts (both at the federal and state level) and does an excellent job discussing them and tying them to the text."— Chris W. Bonneau, University of Pittsburgh