September 09, 2019

Steps in a Trial

Steps in a Trial

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Diagram of How a Case Moves Through the Courts

Civil and Criminal Cases

Settling Cases

Pre-trial Procedures in Civil Cases

Jurisdiction and Venue

Pleadings

Motions

Discovery

Pre-Trial Conferences

Pre-trial Procedures in Criminal Cases

Bringing the Charge

Arrest Procedures

Pre-Trial Court Appearances in Criminal Cases

Bail

Plea Bargaining

Civil and Criminal Trials

Officers of the Court

The Jury Pool

Selecting the Jury

Opening Statements

Evidence

Direct Examination

Cross-examination

Motion for Directed Verdict/Dismissal

Presentation of Evidence by the Defense

Rebuttal

Final Motions

Closing Arguments

Instructions to the Jury

Mistrials

Jury Deliberations

Verdict

Motions after Verdict

Judgment

Sentencing

Appeals


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