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Anatomy of a Trial

A Defendant in a criminal case has a right to be brought to trial within 90 days of the date of the formal charges.  This is referred to as the Defendant's right to speedy trial.  Speedy trial is often waived when the Defendant is not in custody, but the court can also delay a trial beyond the 90 days for good cause.  Even where speedy is waived, the matter is required to go to trial within one year, but that requirement can be waived for good cause as well.

Jury Selection

Also known as Voir Dire, this is the part of the trial where a pool of randomly selected people from the community are brought in to

Trial Procedures: Jury Selection, Opening Statement, States Case in Chief, Motion for Judgment of Acquittal, Defendant's Case in Chief, Renewed Motion for Judgment of Acquittal, State's Rebuttal, SurRebuttal, Renewal of Motion, Closing Arguments, Verdict, Sentencing, Appeals

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