General outline of the steps in a jury trial

1 . Residents of Iron County are randomly selected from a Secretary of State list of licensed drivers, and are summoned to the Court as potential jurors.2. A blind draw selects twelve people from that group in felonies (six in District Division misdemeanors).3. The Judge, Prosecutor, and defense attorney question the jurors about their backgrounds and beliefs.4. The attorneys are permitted a limited number of “peremptory” challenges to various jurors (or an unlimited number of challenges for good cause).5. After twelve (or six) acceptable jurors remain, the Judge administers an oath to the jury and reads basic instructions about the trial process, etc.6. The Prosecutor gives an opening statement to outline his case and evidence to the jury.7. The defense may give a similar opening statement, or wait until later in the trial.8. The Prosecutor calls his witnesses, which the defense may cross examine.9. The People close their proofs.10. The defense may call witnesses, if it wants, and the Prosecutor may cross-examine them.11. The defense rests.12. The Prosecutor may present “rebuttal” witnesses/evidence to challenge evidence presented by the defendant during his proofs.13. The Prosecutor rests.14. The Prosecutor presents a closing summary to the jury.15. The defense attorney presents a closing summary to the jury.16. The Prosecutor may present a rebuttal argument to the jury to respond to the defendant’s attorney’s closing summary.17. The judge gives the jury detailed legal instructions about the charged crimes, the deliberation process, etc.

2. The jury deliberates and returns a verdict.


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