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Unformatted text preview: n prohibits juror discrimi-nation
based on race or gender.) The process of
examination of jurors is called voir dire (vwar TRIAL
TRIAL Both attorneys make an opening
statement about the facts that they
expect to prove.
The plaintiff and his witnesses then
testify on direct examination by the
plaintiff’s attorney. Each is subject
to cross-examination by the defense.
The defendant and his witnesses
then testify on direct examination, POST TRIAL ISSUES
ury Instructions/Verdict — The jury receives jury instructions and
then deliberates to reach a general verdict. The judge then
general verdict The
applies the law to these findings and renders a judgment.
otions Challenging Verdict — The unsuccessful party has two
options at this point (before appeal): A motion for a new trial
may be granted if (1) the judge committed prejudicial error
during the trial, (2) the verdict is against the weight of the
evidence, (3) the damages are excessive, or (4) the trial was
not fair. The judge has the discretion to grant a motion for a
new trial (on ground 1, 3, or 4 above) even if the verdict is
supported by substantial evidence.
motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict (called a...
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