Judicial Process in Community Courts: Clinical Seminar

Judicial Process in Community Courts: Clinical Seminar

Judge John Cratsley
Spring 2013 seminar
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3034
2 classroom credits

Co-requisite Clinic: Judicial Process in Community Courts Clinic (2-4 Spring credits). Class and clinic enrollment is bundled. Enrollment in one component (e.g. class) will automatically enroll you in the other component (e.g. clinic).
Early Add/Drop Deadline: January 18, 2013.
LLM Students: This clinic is open to LLM students through an application process.

This seminar examines through participant observation the functioning of the judicial process in our trial courts with particular focus on our first level or community courts. Attention is paid to the various roles (adjudicatory, administrative, educational, sentencing, and symbolic) that judges play in these courts. The focus of the class is on the interaction between the local court and the community it serves, with a view toward evaluating the role of decentralized, neighborhood-oriented courts in contemporary society. The contributions of various scholars to understanding these courts is reviewed, as well as distinct proposals for reform. Because of the variety of clinical placements, attention is also paid to issues such as judicial accountability, judicial ethics, sentencing, juries, etc., which impact trial judges in all courts.

A fifteen- to twenty-page paper describing some aspect of the judiciary's work in these courts is required and serves as a basis for each student's grade. Students must meet with the instructor to select a paper topic that involves topics encountered in the fieldwork such as sentencing, judicial administration, judicial ethics, court innovations, ADR in the courts, etc.

Students must participate in the clinic and must enroll in it through clinical registration.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function, Procedure & Practice