Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

  • Publish Date: 2008-09-05
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Erwin Chemerinsky Laurie L. Levenson
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Combining first-hand knowledge of the criminal procedure system with stellar constitutional law scholarship, Levenson and Chemerinsky now offer a free-standing and student-friendly casebook that focuses on the adjudication phase of criminal procedure.

Written in the eminently articulate style that characterizes Chemerinsky’s Constitutional Law casebook, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication offers:

  • straightforward essays by the authors that illuminate principal and minor cases
  • a first-chapter overview of criminal procedure that looks at:
    • the roles of the participants
    • the progression of a case through the system
    • key procedural rules and governing principles
    • the Incorporation Doctrine
    • the test for determining when new procedural rules should be applied retroactively
  • a consistent and systematic chapter structure that:
    • introduces the topic
    • discusses the history and development of the law
    • cites examples from recent cases where the key issues have been raised
    • offers an analytic critique of the resolution of the issues
  • chronologically organized chapter topics that mirror the sequential ordering of the adjudication process
  • samples of legal pleadings that exemplify attorneys’ actual arguments
  • a panoramic perspective on practice as conveyed through the eyes of prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, police, and victims
  • Supreme Court cases from the 2006-2007 term
  • a detailed Teacher’s Manual that offers questions and answers to support teaching and fuel class discussion
  • an expanded teaching package that includes PowerPoint slides, a DVD that presents the facts and backgrounds of several key cases, and an author website

Sure, it is a pleasure to teach and to read, but you could decide to adopt it simply for the wealth of experience and expertise that Chemerinsky and Levenson bring to their subject.


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