Criminal Trial Procedures

Criminal Trial Procedures - Criminal Trial Procedures: An...

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Criminal Trial Procedures: An Overview Most criminal trials follow a uniform set of procedures. Here's a step by step guide to the criminal trial process. The many rituals associated with modern trials have developed over centuries. America's common law heritage makes it possible for all states and the federal government to follow a largely uniform set of procedures. Assuming that the trial is carried out to completion, those procedures are as follows: Decision by Judge or Jury. The defense generally decides whether a case will be tried to a judge or a jury, but in some jurisdictions both the prosecution and the defense have the right to demand a jury trial. Jury selection. If the trial will be held before a jury, the defense and prosecution select the jury through a question and answer process called "voir dire." In federal courts and many state courts, the judge carries out this process using questions suggested by the attorneys as well as questions that the judge comes up with on his or her own. Evidence issues.
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