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There are different actors in the courtroom, and each has a specific role in how a trial or session will progress. There are also differences between the federal and state courts that are important to understand. In this assignment, you will outline details about the actors in the courtroom and federal and state courts. You will gain an understanding of the courts that will prepare you to participate in the courtroom process.
Imagine you are a court administrator for the local superior court. You have been asked to speak to a high school civics class. Specifically, the teacher would like you to provide a general overview of federal and state courts and discuss the primary actors in each court system.
Create an 8- to 10-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation in which you:
Identify actors in the courtroom.
Who are the actors in federal courts and state courts? (Include actors the two courts have incommon and any actors who are different.)
What are their responsibilities?
Why is it important for these responsibilities to be fulfilled adequately? (Consider the effect of overzealousness compared to the effect of underperformance.)
Identify what is different between these actors in federal courts from the same actors in the state courts.
Contrast federal and state (your state or the state you’re from) courts (consider creating a diagram/chart/table).
Roles of each court
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Actors in the Courtroom
There are different actors in a courtroom. The defendant is the person who is accused. The plaintiff, on the other hand, is the complainant. The attorneys represents either the plaintiff or the defendant while the judge precedes over the hearing. The jury are a group of citizens who deliver a verdict unanimously after hearing a case and the US Marshal provides security for the proceeding. They all work hand in hand to ensure that there is a smooth hearing.
The federal court shares a number of actors with the state court. In most cases, they have similar function – just with different jurisdictions. However, some actors such as pretrial services and probation are only there in the federal courts.
Each actor in a court of law performs a specific task, all of which are very important. All court hearings, save for a few exceptions are open to be witnessed by the public.
Importance of Adequate Fulfilment of Responsibility
- Overzealousness by any actor may lead to unfairness in hearing or prosecution.
- Overzealousness and underperformance by any of the actors may lead to obstruction of justice
- People may feel not heard fairly in case of underperformance while other may feel corruption by an overzealous actor.
Differences Between Similar Actors
- Elected or appointed
Deals with crimes under jurisdiction of the state
- Nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate
Deals with federal crimes
Texan Vs. Federal Courts