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Ch 109: NMTA Social Science: The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System

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Watch short video lessons on the criminal trial in the U.S. justice system to prepare for the NMTA Social Science test. Take self-assessment quizzes to gauge how well you comprehend the materials.

NMTA Social Science: The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System - Chapter Summary

The engaging video lessons in this chapter are designed to give you greater insight into the criminal trial in the U.S. justice system. Watching the lessons can strengthen your knowledge of the subject as you prepare to take the NMTA Social Science assessment. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to address the following on the exam:

  • Understanding the elements and purpose of the criminal trial
  • Examining constitutional requirements of a criminal trial
  • Describing writ of habeas corpus and reasonable doubt
  • Explaining the steps and purposes of criminal trial pretrial activities
  • Analyzing the stages of the criminal trial from voir dire to verdict
  • Examining appeals, reviews and other post-criminal trial steps

Instructors in the video lessons make it fun and simple to learn about the criminal trial in the U.S. justice system. They offer comprehensive instructional guidance in an entertaining visual format that ensures you fully understand the materials.

NMTA Social Science: The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Social Science assessment tests your knowledge of the subject to ensure you have the skills necessary to teach it in the classroom and are qualified to secure your teaching license or endorsement in New Mexico. The topics covered in this NMTA Social Science: The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System chapter are located in the government portion of the test, which constitutes approximately 19% of the total exam. In addition to watching fun video lessons, you can access self-assessment quizzes to strengthen your comprehension of the materials. You can also use them to practice answering questions formatted similarly to those found on the assessment.

All questions on this assessment are multiple-choice and based on specific test competencies. You might be asked to examine a passage, graph or illustration before reading the question. As a part of the multiple-choice format, you will be presented with four answers and asked to choose one as the best response to the question posed.

6 Lessons in Chapter 109: NMTA Social Science: The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System
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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.

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

6. 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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