We set out below what happens during a trial. A trial is a very fluid process. The unexpected can happen and lawyers have to be experienced and be quick on their feet to deal with these contingencies. In any case, below is the usual trial process.
Commencement of Prosecution’s CaseA criminal trial will usually begin with parties giving a summary of what they hope to achieve at trial and how they will do this. The Prosecution will present its case and has to prove the commission of the offence beyond reasonable doubt, meaning that there is no other logical explanation from the facts except that the defendant had committed the crime. The Prosecution’s case will be as follows:
- Opening statement by the Prosecution,