Banks and O'Brien's The Judicial Process: Law, Courts, and Judicial Politics, 2d

West Academic Publishing
Primary Subject
Legal Process
Higher Education Coursebook
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The Judicial Process: Law, Courts, and Judicial Politics is a complete survey of law, courts, and the judicial process in the United States and across the globe. Its interdisciplinary approach emphasizes the dynamic role law, legal theory, and courts play in the adversarial system and constitutional framework. Especially attractive for introductory law and courts’ courses, this newly revised second edition presents significant insights into contemporary issues of American and comparative law and politics, including updated coverage of recent Supreme Court cases, and President Trump’s impact on the impeachment process, judicial appointments, and the scope and application of same-sex marriage, immigration, capital punishment and abortion rights. In addition to photos, cartoons, charts, and graphs, the analysis includes distinctive “Contemporary Controversies” and “In Comparative Perspective” boxes that examine cutting-edge topics like the world’s legal systems, the politicization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Veteran’s and problem-solving courts, Title IX sexual assaults on campus, political money in state judicial campaigns, the growing influence of the Federalist Society, “pay as you go” criminal justice, justiciability and animal rights, the dispute pyramid, the global impact of jury systems and alternative dispute resolution methods, class actions, constitutional interpretation, stare decisis, the European Court of Justice, and the judicial role in creating major social change.