1 - 1. The steps of a trial in the U.S. court system vary...

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1. The steps of a trial in the U.S. court system vary depending on what type of trial is occurring. There are two types of trials. One is a trial by jury, a group of citizens selected according to law and sworn to determine matters of fact in a criminal case and to deliver a verdict of guilty or not guilty. The other one is called a bench trial, which is conducted by a judge who acts as fact finder and determines issues of law. No jury participates. For the first type there are eight steps selection of the jury, opening statements by prosecution and defense, presentation of the prosecution’s evidence and witnesses, presentation of the defense’s evidence and witnesses, presentation of rebuttal witnesses, closing arguments by each side, instruction of the jury by the judge, and decision by the jury. Jury selection is the first step. Jurors are selected among citizens whose names have been placed in the jury pool. A process of voir dire is used to question prospective jurors in order to screen out people that the judge or attorneys think might be biased. If a
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