What’s a Trial?

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Many people have been to court or have watched a court trial on the television however; they are still wondering or are just not sure how a trial really works? What happens in a trial and what is the process? Well let’s see if we can shed more light about how it all works. A trial is a legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination, it’s designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors. In order to affect this purpose it is necessary to supply a contrast in the person of one who is called the defendant, the prisoner, or the accused.

Trials are usually heard in official public courts which are established by the lawful local and federal governments with the authority of a public power for the adjudication of disputes, and dispense civil, labor, administrative and criminal justice under the law. Depending on the type of matter to be heard a jury that make decisions about the facts before the court under the direction of the judge; in other courts, such as appellate courts, all decisions are made by judges. In the United States a jury trial is a legal right of its citizens if they choose to request it for their case and the jury will decide if they are innocent or guilty then the judge will decide the punishment.

Here is how the process of a trial usually proceeds: After you plead not guilty, the prosecutor explains the case against you and then brings in their witnesses and asks them questions to prove you are guilty. The witnesses testify by telling the court what they know. Your lawyer will cross-examine each witness when the prosecutor and your lawyer have questioned the entire prosecutor’s witnesses; the prosecution will rest its case. It’s up to the prosecutor to prove to the judge and jury that you committed the crime.
Just as it is the task of your lawyer to show that their allegations are not true and you are in fact innocent. If the prosecutor has not proved your guilt you are found not guilty.

Now there will be the final arguments that both your lawyer and the prosecutor will make a last effort summarizing all the facts of why you are guilty and your lawyer will then take a turn telling why you are not. Now the jury will decide based on every thing they have listen to and decide if you are guilty on not guilty and hand the decision over to the judge. The judge will read the verdict and if guilty he will pass sentience that fits the crime, other wise you are free.

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