Criminal Trial (adjective) – A criminal trial by definition, is when an individual who has been accused of a crime will have the right to be judged by a jury of his peers to determine if they are innocent or guilty. After the jury has made their determination, a judge will either hand down a sentence if the individual is proven guilty, or dismiss the case if the individual has been proven innocent.

Here are the different stages of a criminal trial.

  1. Jury Selection
  2. Opening Statements
  3.  Witness Testimony
  4.  Cross Examination
  5. Closing Arguments
  6. Jury Instruction
  7.  Deliberation
  8.  The Results From a Hung Jury
  9.  Verdict

 

Also see Jury, Jury Foreman, Prosecutor, Criminal Defense Attorney, Defendant, Witness, and Verdict