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Criminal Justice: Courts and Criminal Procedure

Internet Resources: Courts


A National Institute of Justice website focused on reserach on and evaluation of United States Court programs and practices.

Courts, National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

NCJRS resources on court issues related to case processing, civil justice, types of courts, equiptment/technology, facilities/security, personnel, pretrial release, sentencing and sanctions.  Publications, reports and statistics.

Federal Judicial Center

The mission of this government agency is to promote improvement in the judicial administration of the United States federal court system. The Center's site offers publications on court operations and procedures, court history, and educational materials. A database of Judges of the United States Courts provides biographical information on judges who have served on the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court and other life-tenured courts since 1789.

New York State Unified Court System

New York State Unified Court System's site with a comprehensive Courts page delineating the history and structure of the State's court system with many decisions (civil and criminal), forms, and reports available online. An alphabetical county listing of Public Access Law Libraries is included.

The Fund for Modern Courts

A nonpartisan, nonprofit, statewide court reform organization striving to improve the judicial system in New York State; the site includes Court Monitoring reports, Citizens Jury Project reports, and a guide to judicial selection in New York State.

Supreme Court of the United States

"EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW" - These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution.

U.S. Courts

The official site of the United States Federal Judiciary. Some highlights include federal rules of practice, procedure and evidence, organization of the judiciary system and its relationship to the legislative and executive branches of the government, and information on federal judges.

Criminal Procedure

New York State LawCriminal Procedure Law, New York State Law

Full online searchable text of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, the Criminal Procedure Law, the Penal Law and the Vehicle and Traffic Law for the State of New York.

Comparative Criminal Procedure

The University of Chicago Library's Lyonette Louis-Jacques' guide to "journal articles, book chapters, and treatises covering comparative criminal procedure generally, criminal procedure in multiple jurisdictions, and specialized research topics in comparative criminal procedure."

Criminal Procedure

Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute page on Criminal Procedure.  Contents include: Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Investigatory and Accusatory Procedure,  Pre-Trial Procedure, Trial Procedure, Stages of a Trial, Sentencing, Menu of Sources (includes federal laws, court rules, supreme court cases, and state statutes and court decisions).