Trials are the great equalizer in criminal law. It does not matter if you can have a great case and the most amazing advocate by your side, the ultimate decision will always be left to someone else. While the stress of a trial cannot be changed, it may help to understand exactly how it works. The following is a general explanation of the trial process as procedures may vary depending upon the judge presiding over the case.
Prosecution case-in-chief / Direct & Cross Examination of Witnesses
Prosecutor rests, Defense case-in-chief / Direct & Cross Examination of Witnesses