dual-court system(civil/criminal),

  • Court System
    • What is the dual-court system(civil/criminal), and why does America have a dual-court system?
    • Court unification involves consolidating many lower courts of special or limited jurisdiction into a centrally run court system. The federal district courts hear both civil and criminal cases in the same courtrooms, heard by the same judge. Could a large, single court system like the federal district courts be an effective system at the state level? Consider how it would change the court system in your state.
  • Judges
    • Judges have specific philosophical rationales and sentencing guidelines when providing a judgment over presented facts.
      • If you were a judge, what would be your sentencing goals and philosophical rationales? Why?
      • Would you lean more toward rehabilitation, for example, or might you tend toward retribution?
      • What factors would matter most to you when deciding a sentence?
      • Under what circumstances (if any) would your guidelines or sentencing goals change?
  • What is an example of a situation that might be extremely difficult to judge that could make you change your sentencing goals or philosophical rationales?