CJ207Project Competency
In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competency:

Describe the organizational hierarchy and roles within the U.S. judicial system
You are the Director of Local Community Outreach for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), a national professional organization. Your position is to aid mid-sized cities in their efforts to educate citizens about how to interact with the judicial system. Your position includes consulting, running community programs, and creating educational materials. Your goal is to create an information poster or other visual aid that will help these cities educate the general population about the criminal justice system.

The ACJS is committed to promoting equity in the criminal justice system. Create an information poster or visual aid that address all of the required elements:

Explain how the court system in the United States works. Address the following questions in your explanation:
How do the three types of courts relate to each other?
How do courts provide checks and balances?
Explain the functions and responsibilities of various members of the criminal justice system. You must address each of the following members:
Consider addressing some of the key issues or ethical factors a judge might encounter.
Consider including the impact of prosecutorial discretion on the court process.
Defense Counsel
Consider addressing the differences between public and private defenders and the role each plays in due process.
Allied Professionals
Consider including some of the following roles: court stenographer, probation officers, court clerks, and court deputies.
Describe the role of various courts.
What is the role of the appeals courts? Include:
Local courts
State courts
Federal courts
What is the role of specialized courts?
Describe the jurisdictions of different courts in the United States. Include each of the following:
Explain why different courts exist.
Provide an example of a different court.
Describe the importance of its jurisdictional difference.
Describe some of the issues that can arise from this jurisdiction.
You may want to consider:
Military courts
Native American courts or U.S. court jurisdiction over Native Americans
What to Submit
To complete this project, you must submit the following:

Educational Material
For this project, choose the format that works best for you. Please note there is no requirement related to the way you show your knowledge, as long as you meet the rubric requirements by following the directions.

We have created the following optional template to aid you in completing this project:

Project One Template Word Document
If you prefer to create a different visual aid, consider creating one of the following:

Interactive timeline (See the Supporting Materials section.)
Infographic (See the Supporting Materials section.)
Video for a website
Other handout
Make sure your visual aid includes all of the rubric requirements in the Directions section.

Supporting Materials
The following resource(s) may help support your work on the project:

Project One Template Word Document
This template can be used to create a visual aid.

Website: Timeline
This website can be used to easily make an interactive timeline.

Website: Piktochart
This website can be used to easily make an infographic or visual.
The U.S. judicial system is a hierarchical system that is divided into different levels and types of courts. The three main types of courts are local courts, state courts, and federal courts.
Local courts, also known as trial courts, are the first level of the court system and handle criminal and civil cases. These courts handle the majority of cases and are the first point of contact for individuals with the court system.
State courts are the next level of the court system and handle appeals from local courts. They also handle specific types of cases such as family law and probate.
Federal courts are the highest level of the court system and handle cases involving federal law and disputes between states. They also handle appeals from state courts.
The court system provides checks and balances by allowing individuals to appeal decisions made in lower courts to higher courts. This allows for a review of the facts and decision-making of lower courts and helps ensure that the law is applied fairly and consistently.
Judges are responsible for overseeing court proceedings, making decisions on legal issues, and enforcing court rules. They must also consider ethical factors such as the impartiality and fairness of the trial process.
In this assignment, you will identify if an audience is internal or external to your organization, determine the best way to communicate to an audience made up of one or more people, determine how much information can be shared with that audience, and then tailor your communication accordingly.

In Module Three, you learned about the importance of situational awareness and the consequences of effective and ineffective communication. This assignment will help you understand the importance of identifying your audience and how you will appropriately communicate with them, and will support you in the completion of your tasks in Project Two.

Begin this assignment by reading the Project Two Scenario PDF. Then, complete the provided Module Four Assignment Template Word Documentwith bullet points to help organize your information.

Is the audience internal or external to your organization/department?
What channels of communication can be used for that audience?
What amount of information can be shared with that audience? Why?
How would you tailor what you are communicating and how you are communicating to each audience?
Specifically, the following rubric criteria must be addressed:

Identify if the audience is internal or external.
Identify the communication channel or channels. (Hint: Table 1.1 in Chapter 1 provides a list of channels.)
Identify the appropriate amount of information to be shared.
Explain how the communication is tailored to each audience.
Guidelines for Submission
Submit your completed Module Four Assignment template.

Shapiro Library APA Style Guide

CJ140 Module Four Assignment