Although criminal procedure follows many of the patterns of civil procedure, there are major differences between them, largely because of the special provisions of the U.S. Constitution (which are usually echoed in state constitutions). The Constitution, and especially the first 10 amendments (the Bill of Rights), expresses a basic code of criminal procedure by enumerating rights of citizens against government intrusion and rights of those accused of crimes. The provisions of the Constitution have been subjected to intense scrutiny by state and federal courts, particularly since the 1950s. Criminal procedure cannot be understood without reference to these rights.
The following topics are covered in this on-line session:
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