refuses to obey a subpoena may be held in contempt of court Criminal Offense o

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refuses to obey a subpoena may be held in contempt of court( Criminal Offense) o Setting a trial date: The way the suit takes its place on the court calendar, docket, it depends on how heavy the caseloads are that may delay the actual trial, because of this, may trials are settled out of court, thus, everyone tries to settle quickly even before the case goes to trial so no time is wasted o Selecting a jury:
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After the jury date arrives, a jury trial must be demanded, which isselected from the jury duty lists of registered voters, licensed drivers, andstate taxpayers; attorneys have the right to dismiss any juror w/o reasonTrying to find a jury that will be fair and unbiased.oConducting the trial:Attorney’s make their opening statement, for the first time the jury hearseach side they will try to prove, witnesses are then called to testify underoath, plaintiff’s attorney will question the witness to try to establish thereal facts, cross-examinations of the witnesses takes place, lawyers probefor each of the witnesses weakness in their testimonyBefore a civil trial begins, the attorneys may sometimes present briefsummarized decisions to the judge, which is called a stare decisis , a latinphrase meaning, “it stands decided” , there is also a court reporter who istaking word for word down each testimony, which includes the lawyers’final pleas, is known as the transcript (permanent record)oReaching a verdict:When arguments are completed, the case is ready for jury, where the juryinstructs a change, a typical change summarizes the points of law raisedby the case and lists the questions of fact to be decided, if evidence seemsstronger they favor that side, then the judge will bring them to a finalverdict, they then leave the room, the judge has the right for the jury to besequesteredbecause they might have been influenced by media or otherpeople they have contacted, they are then kept in hotel rooms, and theymust reach the proper verdict, every juror’s vote counts equallyOnly one-third of the states require a unanimous verdict in civil cases a(12-0) vote, while others accept 8-4 or 10-2 majorities; if the jury cannotreach an agreement, it is known as a hung jury, a mistrialmust bedeclared, then a new trial must be held; but if the judge did approve theverdict he announces the terms of its execution, if the jury has found thedefendant guilty or negligence, money damages are to be paidoEstablishing judgment:The judge has the final word, if the judge has given the plaintiff anexcessive award for damages, it may reduce the figure, if the jury iswaived, the judge must come to a conclusion on his own, the judge willthen set limitsTrying A Criminal Case:oAlmost all criminal cases follow a pattern that begins with apprehension andcontinues through indictment, trial, and sentencingoApprehending the suspect:Unles someone is caught while committing a crime or arrested insuspicious circumstances, the police need an arrest warrantto take a
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