Comprehensive treatment of basic rules and principles includes civil procedure research on westlaw, references to Federal Practice and Procedure, and a discussion of the burden of complex, multi-party litigation on the judicial system. This treatise is for use by students after examination of the basic sources - the appellate opinion statutes and critical commentary in the modern casebooks. It covers the laws governing all of the major steps in the criminal justice process, starting with investigation and ending with post-appeal collateral attacks. The text covers the major themes underlying the governing legal standards and those basic issues that the case law and literature suggest being the most pressing. In general, descriptions of lower court rulings and statutory provisions are not followed by illustrative citations, although a specific case or statute noted in the text often will be cited. However, reference to the leading Supreme Court opinions are treated at greater length. This book will provide a comprehensive understanding of the field, enhance law student performance on exams, and also provide a useful guide for attorneys practicing in this area.