Real Cases Go to Trial
Without pointing fingers, there are many lawyers that never see the inside of a courthouse. There are also car accident law firms that specialize in taking cases that never go to court and always end in settlements. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t real lawyers, but it does mean they don’t take on real cases. Real cases almost always involve going to trial. When a case goes to trial it’s a long and draining process for all parties involved. It can take a toll on both parties’ physical and emotional resources. Think of a trial as a battle. It’s a battle that is staged in a courthouse following specific rules. It takes a certain amount of knowledge, confidence and showmanship to be an effective and successful trial lawyer. There are several steps in the process involved with going to trial. It’s important for clients to understand these steps and know what to expect during each of these.
- Selecting the Jury- This is the first major step to starting your trial. A jury pool is brought up and usually questioned to narrow down the potential jurors. When all jurors are selected the second step can begin.
- Opening Statements- Both lawyers present their client’s side of the case. They provide a preview of the case and what evidence will be presented to the jury.
- Presenting Witnesses- This is a lengthy strategic process of questioning witnesses and cross-examining witnesses.
- Evidence- This will be your lawyer’s chance to provide other evidence such as medical or police reports, bills, or other documents that provide insight to your case. Other forms of evidence might be objects or equipment involved in a product liability or personal injury case.
- Final Arguments- This is where each side pulls together a summary of the evidence and witnesses for the jury. Your lawyer should leave a lasting impression on the jury regarding your case. This is a crucial and important part of the trial process.
- Jury Deliberations- At this stage the case is out of the hands of your lawyer and in the hands of the jury. They now have to vote on a foreman, review the case and arrive at a verdict. If they don’t all agree the case could end in a mistrial or need another day in court.
When you are looking for a qualified lawyer for your case, consider whether they take cases to trial. You should feel confident that your lawyer can represent you and your interests whether your case goes to trial or ends up settled out of court. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us.