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Crosscurrent Hunt

Read the Crosscurrents in Chapter 8 carefully, noting how they illustrate issues covered in the chapter.

  • “California Rules” looks at the relationship between California courts and the nation’s courts.

  • “Problem-solving Courts” discuss courts as a recent innovation in the U.S. court system.

Find items that exemplify, explain, or even appear to contradict topics from Chapter 8. Write short summaries of these items in the spaces provided. If possible, find one local item and one national item. Suggested topics are listed below.

The grand jury Federal courts
The jury trial U.S. Supreme Court
Due process Specialized federal courts
Court organization State courts
Jurisdiction State supreme courts


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