Summary: Scholar Lawrence Baum presents thorough descriptions of the courts and their activities with clear, engaging prose to foster student interest. Comprehensive and current, the text offers explanations of what the courts do, how officers of the court perform their duties, and how the judicial branch relates to the rest of the political system. Cases from most of the 50 states--reflecting the diversity of laws throughout the country--help students better understand and e ...show morevaluate the courts role in the legal process. Chapter conclusions reinforce key concepts, and annotated bibliographies point students to key sources, both classic and contemporary, for further research and reading. In addition, tables and charts throughout illustrate main points in the text.