Directions: Read Chapters 2. After reading, complete the writing assignment. Answer each
question in essay in format. Answer in complete sentences. Complete the assignment using 12
point Times New Roman or Courier New font. Include a title page on your assignment (Just
replace your name where it says John Doe on page 1. Double space your answers. Document is
set up for page numbering.
Contrast civil and criminal law proceedings.
Which amendments from the Bill of Rights are pertinent to criminal procedure? Describe what
rights they affect or provide for defendants.
Identify and explain the importance of the three key characteristics of the common law.
In order for a defendant to be convicted of a crime the prosecution must successfully offer proof
beyond a reasonable doubt of each element of crime charged. List the five elements of crime.
Although law is used in everyday language, the definition used by scholars is important.
Neubauer and Meinhold (2013) define law as a body of rule enacted by public officials, in a
legitimate manner and backed by the force of the state. Break down this definition into its four
elements and explain the importance of each element.