Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Criminology and Criminal Justice
"The courts are the pivot on which the criminal justice system turns" (Winslow, 1968:289). The criminal court is the central, crucial institution n the criminal justice system (President's Crime Commission Report, 1967:125). As the famous jurist Arthur T. Vanderbilt put it: It is in the courts and not in the legislature that our citizens primarily feel the keen cutting edge of the law. If they have respect for the work of the courts, their respect for law will survive the shortcomings of every other branch of government; but it they lose their respect for the work of the courts, their respect for law and order will vanish to the great detriment of society .... (Vanderbilt, 1955:4).
Ortmeir, Patrick J., "An Evaluative Study to Determine the Impact of the 1972 Court Reorganization on Criminal Case Processing Speed in the Lower Courts of Douglas County, Nebraska" (1977). Student Work. 2274.