How are cases tried?

The trial is composed of a series of events in a specific order that is determined by state law.

The Series of Events:

  • Opening statements: Each attorney will discuss the merits of the case pertaining to his/her client. The attorneys will outline what they will attempt to show during the trial.
  • Evidence: The plaintiff will present its evidence in the form of testimony, called direct examination and may introduce evidence in the form of exhibits. The defendant will also present evidence in a similar manner.
  • Argument to the jury: After all evidence has been presented, the parties will present arguments or closing statements to the jury.
  • Instruction to the jury: After arguments have been completed, the Judge will instruct you on the questions to be answered and the laws that pertain. The Judge may give his/her instructions before final arguments.
  • Deliberations: The jury will then be given an oath and taken to the jury room where you will then discuss the case until you have reached a verdict. After delivering the verdict to the Court, you will be dismissed from the courtroom.

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