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Cover Image: The State Courts
  • Date: 11/09/2010
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $36.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60871-415-5
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The State Courts
Robert A. Carp, University of Houston
Ronald Stidham, Appalachian State University
Kenneth L. Manning, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


In this new adaptation from their classic Judicial Process in America, Carp, Stidham, and Manning provide a comprehensive look at state judicial systems. They place the various state court systems within the overall political and judicial framework and examine recent events in, and policymaking by, state courts.
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Table of Contents
Tables and Figures
Preface

1.       An Introduction to Law and Courts

State Courts in a Federal System
The Role of Courts
Sources of Law in the United States
Types of Law
Summary
Further Thought and Discussion Questions
Notes
Suggested Resources                                                                                          

2.       State Judicial Systems                                                                                                                                           

Historical Development of State Courts
State Court Organization
Norm Enforcement in the State Courts
The Courtroom Work Group
Administrative Hearings in the States
Policymaking in the State Courts
Innovation in State Courts
Administrative and Staff Support in the State Judiciary
State Court Workload
Summary
Further Thought and Discussion Questions
Notes
Suggested Resources                                                                                                                                            
3.       Jurisdiction and Policymaking Boundaries
Jurisdiction of State Courts
Jurisdiction and Legislative Politics
Judicial Self-Restraint
Summary
Further Thought and Discussion Questions
Notes
Suggested Resources                                                                                                                                              

4.       Judges in State Courts

Qualifications and Backgrounds of State Judges
The Selection Process for State Judges
The Retirement and Removal of State Judges

Summary
Further Thought and Discussion Questions
Notes
Suggested Resources                                                                                                                         

5.       Lawyers, Litigants, and Interest Groups in the State Courts

Lawyers
Litigants
Interest Groups
Summary
Further Thought and Discussion Questions
Notes
Suggested Resources

6.       Decision Making by State Court Judges

The Legal Subculture
The Democratic Subculture
The Subcultures as Predictors
Decision Making in Collegial Courts
Summary
Further Thought and Discussion Questions
Notes
Suggested Resources                                                                                                                                              

7.       Implementation and Impact of Judicial Policies

The Impact of Higher Court Decisions on Lower Courts
Other Implementers
The Impact of Judicial Policies  
Summary
Further Thought and Discussion Questions
Notes
Suggested Resource

Glossary

 

Bio(s)
Robert A. Carp, University of Houston
Robert A. Carp is professor of political science at the University of Houston. He is coauthor of Policymaking and Politics in the Federal District Courts; Politics and Judgment in Federal District Courts; The Federal Courts, Fifth Edition, and The State Courts, as well as the author of forty-eight peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Ronald Stidham, Appalachian State University
Ronald Stidham is professor emeritus of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He is coauthor of The Federal Courts, Fifth Edition, with Robert A. Carp and Kenneth L. Manning; The State Courts, with Robert A. Carp and Kenneth L. Manning, and numerous articles in legal, social science, and criminal justice journals.

Kenneth L. Manning, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Kenneth L. Manning is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He is coauthor with Robert A. Carp and Ronald Stidham of The Federal Courts (Fifth Edition) and The State Courts. Manning's work on the politics of judicial decision-making and federal judicial selection have been published in a variety of journals.
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