STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL • Selection of the Jury • The Trial • The Judge's Charge • Deliberation • The Verdict
STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL • Selection of the Jury • Jurors called for the voir dire. • Jurors challenged, for cause and peremptory. • Challenged jurors return to the jury room and the selected jurors are sworn. Voir Dire - (French for "to speak the truth") The process by which citizens are questioned before being selected to hear evidence as jurors.
STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 2. The Trial • The Judge may deliver remarks to the Jury. • The attorneys give their opening speeches. • Witnesses are called for direct and cross-examination and exhibits are presented. • When all of the evidence has been presented, the attorneys give summing up, or closing arguments.
STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 3. The Judge's Charge The Judge instructs the jury as to what laws apply to the case and what those laws mean.
STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 4. Deliberation The jury goes into a private room to discuss the case and reach a decision. They may talk to no one except the Judge if they have questions.
STEPS IN A JURY TRIAL 5. The Verdict The jury returns to the courtroom and the foreperson announces the decision. The attorneys may ask that the jury be polled.