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Courtroom Players Response
Tasha Lynch
CJS/200
December 14, 2012
William Patton

Courtroom Players Response
A courtroom work group refers to the professional key players in a courtroom. These professional key players include the judges, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, public defenders, and other member who make a living serving the court. The judge is the lead player in the court room and holds all the authority. “The prosecuting attorney represents the government or the interest of the community in a criminal trial.” (University of Phoenix, 2011). The defense attorney is a trial lawyer that is either hired or appointed to represent a person accused of a crime and to make sure that the rights of the defendant are not violated by the criminal justice system. If the defendant is unable to afford a lawyer than a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent the defendant in court. The bailiff role is to maintain order in the court, call witnesses, announce the present of the judge, prevents the defendant from escaping and to supervise the jury.
The courtroom reporter keeps records of all the activity that takes place during a trial. The courtroom clerk “maintains all records of criminal cases, including all pleas and motions made both before and after the actual trial. The clerk also prepares a jury pool, issues jury summonses, and subpoenas witnesses for both the prosecution and the defense. During the trial, the clerk (or an assistant) marks physical evidence for identification as instructed by the judge and maintains custody of that evidence. The clerk also swears in witnesses and performs other functions as the judge directs.” (University of Phoenix, 2011). The interaction between the players in a courtroom work group “involves an implicit recognition of informal rules of civility, cooperation, and shared goals. Hence even within the…...

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