The Courtroom and the Courthouse
There are various roles in the criminal justice system. These roles have their own significant purpose in a trial, whether it is a criminal trial or a civil trial. In this paper, I will attempt to discuss four particular roles that are related to trials. These roles include law enforcement, prosecutors, defenders and the judges. I will also be discussing how they work together and will describe at least one communication exchange that they may exchange during a trial.
The Role of Law Enforcement/ Trials
Law enforcement plays one of the most important roles within the criminal justice system. Their duties vary when enforcing the laws that are set down by the judicial system and the government. Their duties can vary from issuing traffic violations, criminal investigations, emergency response, and crime prevention. In some instances, law enforcement is commonly called to trials as key witnesses to testify for the defense or for the prosecution. The information that law enforcement provides can range from evidence that may have retrieved from the crime scene, how that evidence was discovered, and witness that may have been questioned. This information alone can have a huge impact on how a trial may end, and it provides the jury and judge vital information when determining a defendant’s guilt or innocence. (EHow, 2011)
Law enforcement basically offers their expert opinions on the crime in question. They may be asked questions by the judge, defense attorneys and prosecutors as to the location of the suspect when they arrived at the scene, if the suspect cooperated or not, and if anything was found on the suspect at the time of arrest and what was found on them. The officer is responsible to give full details from the time they responded to the time they departed. Police reports are generally made out by the arresting officer and that report could be used in the trial. Judges however, play a much...