Ch 107: Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System Overview

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In this overview of the criminal trial in the U.S. justice system, learn about elements of the criminal trial, constitutional requirements, pretrial activities, and post trial processes. You can use these brief lessons and quizzes to prepare for a test or supplement class materials.

Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System Overview - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes lessons on the criminal trial in the U.S. justice system. There are discussions on reasonable doubt, appeals, and types of defense in a criminal trial. You'll also learn about writ of habeas corpus. After completing the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Detail elements and the purpose of a criminal trial
  • Discuss constitutional requirements of a criminal trial
  • Define writ of habeas corpus and reasonable doubt in a criminal trial
  • Explain steps, purposes, and importance of pretrial activities of a criminal trial
  • Outline stages of a criminal trial
  • Explore types of defense against a criminal charge
  • Examine post-trial steps, such as appeals and reviews in a criminal trial

We use brief video lessons that keep you engaged so that you can grasp the concepts presented. Our instructors are subject matters experts and they provide plenty of examples. You can watch videos for all the lessons, or just what you need to review. Each lesson includes a short multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge. Quizzes have links back to specific topics in the video.

7 Lessons in Chapter 107: Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System Overview
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Elements & Purpose of the Criminal Trial

1. Elements & Purpose of the Criminal Trial

In this lesson, we will learn about criminal trials. We will look at what the purpose of the criminal trial is and the elements that make up the trial process from the beginning to the end.

Constitutional Requirements of a Criminal Trial

2. Constitutional Requirements of a Criminal Trial

In criminal court, a defendant will rely heavily on his constitutional rights to a fair trial. These rights, specifically the Fifth and Sixth Amendment Rights provide the requirements for a criminal trial. Some rights include right to a speedy trial, right to counsel and a right to an impartial jury. There are several other equally important rights that this important amendment protects.

Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial

3. Writ of Habeas Corpus & Reasonable Doubt in a Criminal Trial

In a last ditch effort to be free, a person in custody, after exhausting all appeals and motions, may file a writ of habeas corpus requesting further investigation of his constitutional rights in an attempt to be set free.

Pretrial Activities of a Criminal Trial: Steps, Purposes & Importance

4. Pretrial Activities of a Criminal Trial: Steps, Purposes & Importance

In this lesson, we will learn about the pretrial steps before a criminal trial. We will look at what these steps are, why they are done and what they mean in a criminal case. We will then look at some specific examples of each.

Stages of the Criminal Trial: From Voir Dire to Verdict

5. Stages of the Criminal Trial: From Voir Dire to Verdict

In this lesson, we will learn about the stages of the criminal trial. We will look at what these stages from the beginning of the trial during voir dire through the verdict. We will also look at some specific examples of each stage.

Types of Defense Against a Criminal Charge

6. Types of Defense Against a Criminal Charge

In this lesson, we will learn about possible defenses against a criminal charge. We will look at what these defenses are, how they are presented and what they mean in a criminal case. We will then look at some specific examples of each defense.

Criminal Trial Post-Trial Steps: Appeals, Reviews & Processes

7. Criminal Trial Post-Trial Steps: Appeals, Reviews & Processes

In this lesson, we will learn about the post-trial steps after a criminal trial. We will look at what these steps are and what the appellate review process entails. Then, we'll explore some specific examples of each.

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