The courts’ purpose is to provide the public with an opportunity to present their case whether to prosecute or defend themselves in the event of a dispute against them. It’s well-known that a court is a location where conflicts may be settled via the proper and legal procedures. The court is also where a just, fair, and impartial trial can be held so that neither party involved in the conflict suffers any prejudice.
The court consists of three important people which are the judge, jury, and court officer. The judge is the one who presides over the court and makes sure that everything goes smoothly and according to the law. The jury is a group of people who listen to the evidence presented by both sides and decide whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty. The court officer is responsible for maintaining order in the courtroom and ensuring that everyone follows the rules.
Court observation can be done by anyone. It is a great way to learn about how the court system works and to see firsthand how justice is dispensed. There are a few things to keep in mind when observing a court hearing, such as not to disrupt proceedings, dress appropriately, and be respectful of everyone in the courtroom.
The jury is made up of twelve people, who are selected at random. This court may be either criminal or civil in nature and deal with a wide range of cases including traffic infractions and civil damage collisions. The term “jury” comes from the Old Norse word gjald (“gale”), which meant “judgment”.
The parties have the option to choose a legal representative, which is generally preferred by most. In the courtroom I observed, the appearance of the court was comparable to other courts I’d seen before. The judge sat in the middle with everyone else facing forward. On the defendant’s left side was a witness box, while on his right was where he sat.
In front of the witness or victim box was where the advocate for the prosecution sat and in front of the defendant’s box was where the defence advocate sat. The jury box was next to the defence advocate and in between all these were two public benches which were full to capacity.
Additionally, there was a long table behind all these which had lots of papers and files on it and that is where the court clerk sat. The whole courtroom gave off an aura of seriousness as it should be because people’s lives were at stake.
The court began with everyone standing as the judge entered and everyone remained standing until he/she sat down. The judge read out the case number and parties involved in the case and asked the defendant whether they were present. After the defendant replied, the charge was read out to them and they were asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
After the plea had been entered, the prosecution gave their opening statement followed by the defence. The defence then had an opportunity to cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses after which the prosecution could re-examine their witnesses. This process continued until all witnesses for both parties had been called and examined.
Once all the evidence had been presented, both advocates made their final speeches after which the judge summed up the case for the jury. The jury then retired to consider their verdict and returned after about 20 minutes with a unanimous decision of guilty on all charges.
The judge sentenced the defendant to a term of imprisonment and they were led away by security.
This was my first experience of observing a court case and it was very interesting to see how everything worked. I am glad that I had the opportunity to do this as it has given me a better understanding of the criminal justice system.
The defendant was guarded on the left side by a police officer to safeguard the public and those in court. There was a barrier between the public seats and those participating in the legal procedure. When the judge entered, everyone stood up with respect.
The judge sat down at the front of the room behind a large desk. The jury was placed in the front right side of the room, they too had a divider between them and the public. The court proceedings began with the Judge introducing himself, the lawyers and those involved in the case. After that, the charges were read out loud and the defendant was asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges and a trial date was set. The Judge then explained what would happen next in the process and adjourned the court. As everybody was leaving the room, the police officer guarding the defendant removed his handcuffs. This is my first time observing a criminal court case and I found it very interesting. It was fascinating to see how everything worked and how the different players interacted with each other.
On September 23, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., a fifty-six-year-old male wearing a suit and tie entered the general sessions courtroom in Spartanburg, South Carolina with a police officer and was placed on the bench for the defendant. In the courtroom there was a judge, a defendant, an attorney for the defense, and a police officer who accused the offender. This case did not involve any victims.
The case was called and the defendant was asked to stand. The victim’s name was then announced as well as what he was being charged with which was armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a crime and first-degree assault and battery.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges. At this time the judge set a date for the trial, which is when both sides will present their evidence and try to prove whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Once the trial date was set, the defendant was escorted out of the courtroom by the police officer.
This particular case is an example of a criminal case that would be tried in court. In order for someone to be charged with a crime, there must first be a victim who reports the crime to the police. The police will then investigate the crime and if they have enough evidence, they will charge the offender with a crime.
Once the offender is charged, they will appear in court where a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. If the judge finds there is enough evidence, a trial date will be set and both sides will present their evidence. The jury will then decide whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If the defendant is found guilty, they will be sentenced by the judge.