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What does the judge say at the beginning and during court case?

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  1. Mama Pastafarian says:

    At the beginning of the case, the judge will read the case number, and state who is present in the court room (other than the gallery, or observers).

    For example, "This is case number 84C01-0703-JD-00569, in the matter of John Brown. Present in the court room are the defendant and his attorney, the deputy prosecutor, and the probation officer." If there is a jury, the judge will give the jury directions on how they are to consider what they will hear in the trial.

    For the case number, at least here in Indiana, the first section refers to the court, so this would be Circuit Court 1 in the county designated by number 84. The second part is the year and month when the case was filed, the letters designate what kind of case it is, and then the last numbers are the specific case in the files.

    During the trial, the judge might ask for clarification, or direct the parties to speak up. If the attorney or prosecutor objects to something said by the person being questioned or the other attorney, the judge will either need to sustain (allow) the objection, or overrule the objection and let the statement stay in the record to be used in determining the case.

    During the trial, the judge will ask the state to present their case. After each witness, she/he will ask the defense if they have anything to present in rebuttal of what the state presented.. The state is then asked, "Redirect," and can ask for more testimony to go against what the defense did in rebuttal.

    After the state rests, the defense can present witness, then the state gets a chance for rebuttal on those witnesses, and the defense gets to do the redirect.

    After the defense rests, the judge will ask the state for any argument, and this is when the state gets to make what is essentially a speech about why the defendant should be found guilty. Then the defense attorney gets up to make his case by explaining to the judge and/or jury why the defendant should not be found guilty. Then the state gets one last chance to argue their point. During this point, each attorney might remind the judge and jury of any evidence that was entered into the trial that supports their side.

    That’s a rough idea of what will be said. I haven’t read "The Tempest" in many, many years, so I can’t be more exact about how this would apply to the story.

    Good luck with the project. It sounds interesting

  2. bubba bob says:

    any damn thing he wants to

  3. justme says:

    It depends upon what type of case it is. Usually the judge will ask the prosecutor to state his case and then the defendants lawyer will state his case. He might ask questions to clarify the charge or the plea agreement. He usually does a lot of listening and imposes the penalty if any. His job is to interpret the laws pertaining to the charge.

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