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Inside the Contemporary Trial

in The Death of the American Trial

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226081267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226081281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226081281.003.0002
Inside the Contemporary Trial

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This chapter, which provides an account of contemporary trials and what is actually achieved in trials in the United States, shows that the trial combines high levels of participation with high levels of formality and explains why this combination makes sense. It also examines why so many of those who know the most about American trials hold them in such high regard and analyzes the place of the trial in the American experience.

Keywords: contemporary trial; United States; formality; American trials; American experience

Chapter.  14170 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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