Law and Justice: An Introduction to the American Legal System, Sixth Edition offers a thorough examination of the system of justice used in the United States: civil and criminal, juvenile, and therapeutic. This new edition continues its critical review of the legal system and examines issues such as the conflict between the legal system’s need for predictability and the desire for flexibility; the pros and cons of therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice; the issues involved with medical malpractice and more! Provides a comprehensive look at the justice system from various perspectives. Discusses many aspects of law and judicial process such as: the role of natural law, statutory law, legal reasoning, case law, legal education, the legal profession, the court systems, the appellate court process, the constitution, judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys etc. Ideal for anyone interested in the American Legal System.
This text is designed for a course on the law and judicial process that transcend the disciplines of political science, sociology, and criminal justice. An opening chapter examines the problem of defining the law, looks at the philosophical role of natural law, and discusses modern society's need for rational law. Later chapters cover systems of law and justice, law schools and legal education, the legal profession and the practice of law, and the structure and administration of state and federal courts. Other topics include judicial policymaking, judges and defense attorneys, and criminal, civil, juvenile, and therapeutic justice. Abadinsky teaches criminal justice and law and society at Saint Xavier University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)