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Court History and Purpose
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The courts play a very important role in the criminal justice world. A court is defined as a unit of the judicial branch of government in which cases are decided upon, laws are questioned and disputed with facts brought to light. A statute or a constitution gives the court this type of  legal authority.(Siegel, Schmalleger, & Worrall, 2011, p.4) The courts are divided into civil courts and criminal courts. Civil courts hear cases in which there is not criminal action like divorces and probate cases. Criminal courts hear cases where someone has committed a crime.  

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