Ch 2: Court Proceedings Overview

About This Chapter

Work through this criminal justice chapter at your own pace to review a variety of court proceedings. You can use any computer or mobile device to access these short lessons and quizzes, and they can function as a convenient homework help tool or test preparation resource.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering court proceeding material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about different types of court proceedings. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding basic court proceedings
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about criminal justice (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about court proceedings
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra criminal justice learning resources

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  • Watch the video or read through the text lesson.
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  • Verify you're ready by completing the Court Proceedings Overview chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a court proceedings unit of a standard criminal justice course. Topics include:

  • Restraining order types, terms, costs, violations and effectiveness
  • The differences between protective orders and restraining orders
  • Examples of demurrer
  • Differentiating between general and special demurrer
  • Demurrer vs. motion to dismiss and motion for summary
  • Reasons for a motion to dismiss
  • Motion to dismiss format
  • The process of summary judgement
  • Character witness questions
  • The purpose of mental competency hearings
  • Birth certificates vs. certificates of live birth
  • The initiation of revenue bills
  • Motions for emergency custody
  • The duties of surrogate judges

25 Lessons in Chapter 2: Court Proceedings Overview
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Restraining Orders: Types, Terms & Violations

1. Restraining Orders: Types, Terms & Violations

Is someone threatening you or do you feel they are going to take some sort of action against you? File a restraining order. What types of orders are there? And what will happen if the order gets violated? This lesson will explore all that and more.

Restraining Order: Cost & Effectiveness

2. Restraining Order: Cost & Effectiveness

You want to file a restraining order, but do you have the money and will it be effective? These are common concerns for victims. This lesson will explore the cost of restraining orders as well as how protected victims really are once orders are filed.

Restraining Order vs. Protective Order

3. Restraining Order vs. Protective Order

Are restraining and protective orders the same with just different names? Actually, no. This lesson explores the two types of orders and how they differ from one another, as well as how to file an order and what happens when an order is violated.

Demurrer: Legal Definition & Examples

4. Demurrer: Legal Definition & Examples

In the case of the legal term demurrer, just because you have been wronged doesn't mean you can prove it in a court of law, or convince the judge to proceed. Read on to learn more about this written objection and examples of its use.

Special vs. General Demurrer: Example & Explanation

5. Special vs. General Demurrer: Example & Explanation

A legal complaint can fail for many reasons. In this lesson we'll learn about special and general demurrers and how they can be used to defend against a lawsuit.

Demurrer vs. Motion to Dismiss: Definition & Example

6. Demurrer vs. Motion to Dismiss: Definition & Example

In this lesson, you will learn about the legal terms demurrer and motion to dismiss. You will learn about the similarities and differences between the two, along with examples for clarity.

Demurrer vs. Motion for Summary Judgment

7. Demurrer vs. Motion for Summary Judgment

In this lesson you will learn the difference between a motion for summary judgment and a demurrer. Examples will discuss California law, as motions for summary judgment do not exist in criminal law and demurrers do not exist in some states and federal court.

Motion to Dismiss: Definition, Reasons & Example

8. Motion to Dismiss: Definition, Reasons & Example

This lesson will help you understand what a Motion to Dismiss means, why it may be filed with the court, and what impact it has on a case. You will understand who can file a motion and who has the authority to approve or deny.

Summary Judgement: Definition & Process

9. Summary Judgement: Definition & Process

When both sides in a case seem headed to court, there are motions either side can make that might settle the case before the trial begins. A motion for summary judgment is one of these. In this lesson, we will explore what that is and the legal standard the court will use to decide a case based on summary judgment.

Character Witness: Definition, Questions & Testimony

10. Character Witness: Definition, Questions & Testimony

The majority of evidence in a trial is testimonial, which takes place in many forms. In this lesson, we will explore the role of a character witness and give examples of the questions he or she might face.

What is a Mental Competency Hearing?

11. What is a Mental Competency Hearing?

In this lesson, you will learn about what a mental competency court hearing is and why they are used. You will also learn more about the process/proceedings of a mental competency hearing.

Certificate of Live Birth vs. Birth Certificate

12. Certificate of Live Birth vs. Birth Certificate

Have you ever come across a document titled Certificate of Live Birth? Chances are, you have one somewhere. Do you know what that document is used for? And is it the same as your birth certificate? This lesson will discuss these two important documents and how they differ.

Emergency Custody: Reasons & Motions

13. Emergency Custody: Reasons & Motions

If a child is in immediate danger of serious harm, a legal parent or guardian can petition the court for emergency custody. In this lesson, we'll explore the requirements for filing a motion for emergency custody and the reasons that courts grant emergency custody.

Surrogate Judge: Definition & Duties

14. Surrogate Judge: Definition & Duties

The definition of 'surrogate' is to be a substitute or a person who is deputized for a specific role. In this lesson you will learn what a surrogate judge is and examine the benefits and duties of being a surrogate judge.

What is Bond Forfeiture? - Definition, Warrant & Hearing

15. What is Bond Forfeiture? - Definition, Warrant & Hearing

In this lesson, learn about bond forfeiture. Specifically, we will explore the two main types of bond, the bond forfeiture process, and what happens in a bond forfeiture hearing.

What is a Fugitive Warrant? - Definition & Extradition

16. What is a Fugitive Warrant? - Definition & Extradition

Fugitive Warrants, they aren't just for the U.S. Marshal Service! Do you want to know what extradition is? Read on to learn more about the what, how, and why of Fugitive Warrants and Extradition.

Fair & Impartial Jury: Definition & Rights

17. Fair & Impartial Jury: Definition & Rights

In this lesson, you will learn about the right to a Fair and Impartial Jury as guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution, and to a lesser extent, the Seventh Amendment to the US Constitution.

Spoliation of Evidence: Definition & Cases

18. Spoliation of Evidence: Definition & Cases

The preservation of evidence is crucial to a fair trial. In this lesson, we will define what spoliation of evidence means and what happens to the trial process when it occurs.

Treble Damages: Definition & Law

19. Treble Damages: Definition & Law

When someone commits a wrongful act, the court can award treble damages based on the intent of the defendant. In this lesson, we will define treble damages and explain when a court can award them.

What is an Interpleader? - Definition & Statute

20. What is an Interpleader? - Definition & Statute

Have you ever wondered what a person/company does when they are in possession of property or monetary amount that does not belong to them and they need to determine who should stake claim to it? In this lesson, you will learn what is an interpleader, who is involved in the process, and how it is used in court proceedings.

Crossclaim vs. Counterclaim: Definitions & Examples

21. Crossclaim vs. Counterclaim: Definitions & Examples

A complaint is the initiating document of a lawsuit. However, when the defendant receives a complaint, he or she can make claims as well. In this lesson, we will define crossclaim and counterclaim and explain how they work.

Indispensable Party: Definition & Procedure

22. Indispensable Party: Definition & Procedure

When a lawsuit is filed between two parties, it often affects the rights of others not involved in the suit. In this lesson we will learn what an indispensable party is and how that affects a lawsuit.

Impleader: Definition & Petition

23. Impleader: Definition & Petition

When a lawsuit is filed, there is sometimes a need or desire to add another party to the suit. In this lesson, we will discuss what an impleader is and how it affects a lawsuit.

Grandfather Clause in U.S. Law: Definition & Examples

24. Grandfather Clause in U.S. Law: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, the grandfather clause will be defined. Examples of this clause, along with a brief history, will be provided. Upon completion, the reader should have a firm grasp of why this clause was created, and how it affects us today.

What is the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine?

25. What is the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine?

In this lesson, you will learn more about the Fruits of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine. The lesson will include some context and the four major exceptions to the doctrine.

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