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Criminal Procedure Case

Details: This will be your first time in criminal court. There are typically several attorneys standing in front of the judge on each matter. In addition, there is court staff, law enforcement, probation, etc.

You are to meet with the interns to discuss and name the players, parties, and branch of government that each of the persons represent, if appropriate, and describe their task in the courtroom. All three branches of government are represented when court is in session; see if you can figure out who's who.

Public Defender
Private Defense Counsel
District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney
Probation Officer
Court Clerk
Court Reporter
Correctional Officer
Victim Advocate
State Statutes (Penal Code)

you only need to select seven roles to discuss.
1. You must discuss the roles, responsibilities, and tasks of the players that you select to discuss.

2. Finally remember to indicate what branch of government (executive, legislative or judicial) the player belongs.

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Let's start analyzing this question by considering the different branches of government, what they do and how they might be represented in the criminal trial context.

Remember that the US government is divided into 3 branches: executive, legislative and judicial. The role of the executive branch is enforce the laws, with agencies that operate directly under the authority of the executive to perform those functions. By definition, the executive does not have powers to make law or to interpret it -- those are the functions of the other branches: the legislative branch is charged with making the laws, and the judicial branch is responsible for interpreting the laws. Likewise, each branch limits and balances the powers of the others.

I can not provide an analysis of every player in your assignment, because that would be doing the assignment for you, but I will take what seem to be the most obvious examples of the players representing each branch and give you an analysis that you can use for guidance.

In the context of the criminal trial, which of the players listed are involved in the interpretation and application of the laws? Obviously, ...

Solution Summary

This job selects seven roles to discuss.