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Legal Studies - The Adversary Trial System

Gain a better understanding of the legal system and increase your knowledge of civil and criminal law, all for free.

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This free online course is the second installment of the Legal Studies series. In a clear and simple manner, the course examines the court and trial system and explores different civil and criminal procedures in the context of real-world case studies. The course is a very useful introduction for those who wish to learn about the role law plays in modern society and the intricacies, strengths, and weaknesses of the justice and court system.
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    1.5-3 Hours
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In the adversary trial system disputing parties come before an independent adjudicator to present their cases via set rules of evidence and procedure. This course will begin by discussing the adversary system and looking into its strengths and weaknesses. You will then study the inquisitorial trial system and reforms that have been made to the adversary system. You will also learn that criminal laws attempt to set a correct balance between the rights of citizens and law enforcement.

You will then look into court hierarchy, specialized courts, and tribunals. You will learn why disputes occur, study settlement by negotiation, mediation, and litigation, and look into the two main types of verdicts that a jury is allowed to reach. This course will also discuss the three methods of dispute resolution and the three types of specialized courts. You will then learn about the meaning of counsel, jury, and cross-examination, as well as self-help, conciliation, and arbitration.

Disputes are inevitable in any society. The legal system therefore must provide mechanisms by which disputes can be resolved in an orderly and just manner. Upon the completion of this course, you will have gained a better insight into the two main types of disputes involved in the legal system, and you will have learned about the three important elements of an effective legal system. So, try out this course today and get a strong introduction to the adversary trial system in just a few short hours.

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Civil cases and criminal disputes

Civil procedure

Criminal procedure

The Adversary trial system

The Court hierarchy

The Jury system


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you will understand the adversary system, including its strengths and weaknesses. You will gain a good knowledge of the court hierarchy such as systems of appeals, doctrine of precedent, specialised courts and tribunals. You will understand the jury systems composition, empanelling of a jury, role of a jury, strengths, problems and reforms of the jury system. In this course you will gain a good knowledge of civil and criminal procedures including pre-trials, post trials and much more.


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