What procedures are involved in a court trial?
If your case does go to trial, your lawyer will be with you every step of the
way. Court procedures are explained below.
First, the attorneys will review preliminary matters, such as what evidence can be used and which witnesses will testify. Once these issues have been decided, a jury will be selected. When the trial begins, both sides will give their opening statements to jury members. Witnesses are then called and questioned by the lawyers on both sides.
Lawyers then proceed with their closing statements, summarizing the case as they see it. The judge then issues instructions to the jury before members retreat into a jury room to deliberate over the case. Once the jury has reached a unanimous decision, they return to the courtroom and inform the judge of their decision.
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