Court Systems and Practices

Court Systems and Practices

  • Clusters: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Pathways: Legal Services
  • Courses: Court Systems and Practices
  • Grade range: 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary
  • Release date: 12-14-2017
  • Tags: Constitutional, Bill of Rights, Court Systems, Constitutional Considerations, Court System, Criminal Procedure, Roles, Responsibility, Courtroom, Report Writing, Eight Amendment, Supreme Court, Court Systems and Practices, U.S. Constitution, Pretrial, Trial, Adjudication, Appeal processes, Grand Jury, Bail, Pre-Trial, Privileged Communications, Rules of Discovery, Motions, Objections, LPSCS, Motions and Challenges, Plea Bargain, Prosecutor, Defense Counsel, Criminal Charge, Burden of Proof, Evidence, Criminal, Sentencing, Appeal and Postconviction, State, Federal, Criminal Justice System, Civil Law, Marbury v Madison, Arrest, Due Process, Probable Cause, Warrant, Self-Incrimination, Mock Trials, Criminal Court, Judge, Witness, Laws, Legal System, Interpersonal Skills, Verbal Communication, Body Language, , Principles of Government, Public Administration

Description

Court Systems and Practices is an overview of the federal and state court systems. The course identifies the roles of judicial officers and the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing and examines the types and rules of evidence. Emphasis is placed on constitutional laws for criminal procedures such as search and seizure, stop and frisk, and interrogation.
This binder does not contain all lesson plans for this course. This content can be used with any textbook or instructional materials. If locally adapted, make sure all TEKS are covered.

Resources

Scope and Sequence

Resource ID: 19449 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12
CTE TEKS - Implemented 2017-2018, adopted in 2015 Court Systems and Practices course scope and sequence within the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Career Cluster® summarizes the content to be taught, and one possible order for teaching the units of instruction. A brief description of each unit and the corresponding TEKS are included. This scope and sequence may be adapted or adopted by the local education agency.

Unit 1: Professional Standards and Employability Skills

Resource ID: CSLP02
Lesson plans are currently not available. Review the scope and sequence document, TEKS, and available lesson plans, to determine which additional lesson plans to locally develop. You can download the optional blank lesson plan template provided here, to locally develop a new lesson plan, consistent with the others provided in the Texas CTE Resource Center. If after developing a new lesson plan, you would like the TEA to consider adding it to the resource library for colleague teachers to also use in the future, attach the lesson plan and any supplemental instructional materials through the form here, for consideration. If published, we will attribute the materials to you.

Unit 2: The U.S. Legal System

Resource ID: 13398 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students trace the history of state and federal court systems and identify state and federal court systems.
Resource ID: 13403 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will understand the past and present battles in our courts that continually test the strength and longevity of our Bill of Rights.
Resource ID: 13406 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students learn to Identify factors that influence the court system and describe real life cases that have been affected by these factors.
Resource ID: 13412 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
This lesson provides the opportunity for students to examine the structure of the legal system in the United States.
Resource ID: 13441 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will outline the Pre-Trial Process, describe the importance of the Grand Jury, and discuss the bail process.
Resource ID: CSLP01
One or more lesson plans are currently not available. Review the scope and sequence document, TEKS, and available lesson plans, to determine which additional lesson plans to locally develop. You can download the optional blank lesson plan template provided here, to locally develop a new lesson plan, consistent with the others provided in the Texas CTE Resource Center. If after developing a new lesson plan, you would like the TEA to consider adding it to the resource library for colleague teachers to also use in the future, attach the lesson plan and any supplemental instructional materials through the form here, for consideration. If published, we will attribute the materials to you.

Unit 3: Roles and Responsibilities of Courtroom Work Groups

Resource ID: 13418 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will discuss the roles of individuals in the courtroom, common courtroom terms, and rules of the courtroom. Students will also participate in a short mock trial to practice their skills.
Resource ID: 13421 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore the victim and defendant in the trial process through projects and case studies.
Resource ID: 13461 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
This lesson explores defendant's rights and describes pre sentencing and probation practices. Students will have the opportunity to construct reports and interact with other students through role playing scenarios.  

Unit 4: Courtroom Communication Skills

Resource ID: 13418 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will discuss the roles of individuals in the courtroom, common courtroom terms, and rules of the courtroom. Students will also participate in a short mock trial to practice their skills.
Resource ID: 13424 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will demonstrate communication skills required to evaluate body language such as gestures, verbal tone, and inflection during testimony needed for courtroom policies and procedures.
Resource ID: 13427 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
The ability to write a good report can make or break a case. A report that a police officer writes in his squad car has the potential to make it to the United States Supreme Court. In this lesson, students will write a report on a burglary case scenario.

Unit 5: Pre-Trial, Trial, Adjudication, and Appellate Stages

Resource ID: 13438 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will study the guidelines that impact the pretrial, trial, adjudication, and appeal processes, and understand the delicate relationships that impact these steps.
Resource ID: 13441 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will outline the Pre-Trial Process, describe the importance of the Grand Jury, and discuss the bail process.
Resource ID: 13444 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will discuss the rules of discovery and privileged communication. Students will complete a case study activity in which they will apply the rules of discovery and privileged communication.
Resource ID: 13447 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will learn about the motions and objections that may be utilized by an attorney. Students will have the opportunity to write scenarios for the various objections, and will play a game to assist them in learning the motions.
Resource ID: 13451 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In the lesson, students will explore the process of plea bargaining through group projects and role play activities. 
Resource ID: 13453 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of the burden of proof in a criminal trial, and will apply their understanding of the types of evidence used in criminal trials.
Resource ID: 13455 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will demonstrate an understanding of the trial process by stepping into one of the roles in a mock trial.
Resource ID: 13461 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
This lesson explores defendant's rights and describes pre sentencing and probation practices. Students will have the opportunity to construct reports and interact with other students through role playing scenarios.  
Resource ID: 13464 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students learn about Appeal and Post conviction Review. Students also explore case studies of past appeals to take on the role of a defense attorney for their case.

Unit 6: The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Resource ID: 13430 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will explore the 8th Amendment and describe policies the lawmakers must follow. In groups, students will be given a project that will allow them to compare punishment in the United States to other countries.
Resource ID: 13433 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson, students will apply their understanding of the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement during arrests of suspects as required by established criminal procedure and case law. Students will participate in an activity in which they will assume the roles of "lawyers" and "clients" to practice identifying violations.
Resource ID: 13458 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
In this lesson students learn the structure and provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how they impact the criminal trial process.
Resource ID: 13461 Grade Range: 10, 11, 12 Institutional Organization: UNT
This lesson explores defendant's rights and describes pre sentencing and probation practices. Students will have the opportunity to construct reports and interact with other students through role playing scenarios.  
Resource ID: CSLP01
One or more lesson plans are currently not available. Review the scope and sequence document, TEKS, and available lesson plans, to determine which additional lesson plans to locally develop. You can download the optional blank lesson plan template provided here, to locally develop a new lesson plan, consistent with the others provided in the Texas CTE Resource Center. If after developing a new lesson plan, you would like the TEA to consider adding it to the resource library for colleague teachers to also use in the future, attach the lesson plan and any supplemental instructional materials through the form here, for consideration. If published, we will attribute the materials to you.