Court Room Observation Paper

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The courts have the function of giving the public a chance to present themselves whether to prosecute or defend themselves if any disputes against them rise. It is known to everyone that a court is a place where disputes can be settled while using the right and proper procedures. In the Criminal court is the luxury of going through a tedious process of breaking a law. Once you have been arrested and have to go to court because of the arrest, you now have a criminal case appointed against you. The court is also the place where a just, fair and unbiased trial can be heard so that it would not cause any disadvantage to either of the party involved in the dispute. The parties are given a chance ...view middle of the document...

26). In short, "court culture," entailing what judges and court administrators do, is but "one factor in understanding how courts can improve case flow"; if "local legal culture" remains somewhat ambiguous, Gallas finds its purported successor more problematic, particularly as an explanation for differing case-processing times. (Wasby, Stephen J.)

Courtroom Out Line and Observation: In the Session Court that I attended, the physical appearance of the court is similar to other courts. When I first entered courtroom J, I expected it to be like the big courtrooms I see on TV, I was so wrong. The judge sits in the center and in the presence of everyone at the front. The Interpreter sits in front of the judge with the Bar Table placed directly in front of the interpreter. On the right hand side of the Bar Table is the Witness box and the defendant sits directly at the back of Bar Table. A police officer is placed on the left side of the defendant to guard the public and those present in the court. There is a divider between where the public sits with those involved with the legal proceedings. The role of the interpreter is to make sure the witness reads the oath before testifying in the case.

My report on courtroom observation focuses on observations from two courts. The first one was the Civil Courts. The second one was the criminal court observations. The Courts are held in order to resolve local disputes and maintain order in the society. This is an ongoing process, which started over six hundred years ago. Before attending, each court was contacted in order to find out the times and cases that could be attended as some cases such as youth cases are not open to the public. Also would like to point out that the clerk of Kalamazoo County courts is not very bright. When I first called in reference to the court hearing, I asked the basic question what times and what cases would be best to observe? The clerk could not answer any of those two questions, all she could tell me was they are all open to the public at anytime, as if I already did not know that.

Firstly, I attended to the Kalamazoo 9th. The entrance of the building was imposing. After some guidance from the people there I attended to court J of the 3rd floor, which there was a civil case about a car accident with injuries. The layout of the courtroom was simple there was no raised layers except from the judge's. Also there was not defendant's box and no presence of police. The judge was a middle-aged, middle-class, white male. The public sat on the back of the courtroom.

The case I heard was about a car accident. This case included a claim from the one party and a counter claim from the other. The claim was made because the defendant did not see the plaintiff car coming and try to evade. The defendant for personal injury made the counter claim as the defendant injured his leg and his lower back from the collision with the woman's car. But as I have seen in the courtroom the two claims...

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