You are on page 1of 9

HOW TO WIN A CRIMINAL

CASE
Max Beall
PowerPoint Exercise
JURY
SELECTION
Selection a jury is a
long and tedious
process that requires
patience and focus.
A jury must be
impartial and
unbiased.
Ask the jurors their
opinions to determine
if they are biased and
unable to rule in an
impartial manner
MAKE AN EFFECTIVE
OPENING STATEMENT
Opening statements must outline
the evidence and introduce the
core issue within the case.
The defendants opening
statement is typically shorter and
should briefly explain why the
governments case does not have
merit.
CONFRONTING WITNESSES

Watch out for objections


Never make frivolous objections
Too many objections weaken
counsels argument. Objections
should be made only if necessary
and if the question has major
implications in the case.
SIDEBAR CONFERENCE

A defendant must be present at a


sidebar conference unless he/she has
waved his/her right.
Requests for sidebars are discouraged
unless they help you in your case.
A sidebar conference is only between
you, the judge, and opposing counsel
and it should discuss legal matters
only.
REMOVE OUTSIDE
INFLUENCE
Jurors should not have access to
television or make contact with
their families or any other third
party.
If a juror is influenced by an
outside source, the judge will
declare a mistrial or an
alternative juror will be provided.
CLOSING STATEMENTS

Closing statements can be


emotional.
Remember, a closing statement
does not just summarize the case
the way an opening does.
It should outline the key points and
evidence that counsel presented
throughout the trial.
JURY DELIBERATION

Send the exhibits that have been


admitted into evidence with the jury
when they are deliberating.
Discuss exhibits with opposing
counsel before sending them with the
jury.
Make sure the jury has a verdict
sheet before they deliberate. Counsel
should review the verdict sheet
beforehand.
WORKS CITED

"Chapter 13- The Criminal Justice Process Before a Trial." CriminalLawPeriod9 - Chapter 13-
The Criminal Justice Process Before a Trial. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
"THE AUSTRALIAN WEB." THE AUSTRALIAN WEB. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
"Posts about To Kill a Mockingbird on The Golden State." The Golden State. N.p., n.d. Web. 27
Mar. 2017.
"1st Amendment." GillUSHistory3B - 1st Amendment. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_Pastels_and_ink_drawing_of_jurors_consistin
g_of_six_African_American_women,_one_white_woman_and_one_white_man._20.jpg

Roberts, Monica. "Juror Non-Discrimination Act Introduced." Juror Non-Discrimination Act


Introduced. N.p., 01 Jan. 1970. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.