what happens at the courtroom trial? details?

what happens at the courtroom trial?

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what do the judges say?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Trials are where disputed issues of fact in a case are resolved. That probably doesn't mean much to you, but I can't be more specific without knowing what kind of case you've got.

    So let's say it's an auto accident case. The red car hit the blue car. The guy driving the red car says that he had the green light, and the blue car ran through a red light. The guy driving the blue car says no, that's wrong, I that the green light and the red car ran the red light.

    In that example, the trial is there to determine who had the green light. That's done by evaluating the evidence each side has to offer. Evidence consists of the testimony of witnesses (including the parties themselves), any documents or photographs, and whatever else might be there. Those findings of fact are called a verdict. Once the finder of fact -- which might be a jury, it might be a judge, or if you're in the UK, it might be a panel of judges -- makes that decision, the court then applies the law to those facts and enters a judgment. That resolves the case (unless there is an appeal).

  • 1 decade ago

    well, it depends what kind of trial it is

    I'll outline what might happen at a typical criminal trial in most states in the United States-

    1. The jury is picked

    2. The judge will talk to the jurors about how they are to conduct themselves as jurors and some basic information about how the trial will proceed

    3. The prosecution will make an opening statement outlining what they intend to prove

    4. The defense may make an opening statement, though they no obligation to

    5. The prosecution will present their evidence by calling witnesses. If the defense chooses to, it may cross-examine the witness. After a cross-examination, the prosecution is entitled to conduct a re-direct examination of the witness, and the defense would be allowed to do a re-cross examination if it chose to.

    6. The prosecution will rest and the defense will present their evidence, though the defense has no obligation to.

    7. The defense will rest and the defense will present its closing argument telling the jury how they should interpret the evidence they've heard.

    8. The prosecution will present its closing argument.

    9. The judge will "charge" the jury, meaning that the judge will instruct the jury on the legal standards that they will use in interpreting the evidence.

    10. The jury will deliberate

    11. If the jury comes to a verdict, the verdict will be read. If the jury cannot reach a verdict, a mistrial will occur.

    12. If the defendant is found guilty, he or she will be sentenced, generally at a later time.

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