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NCJ Number: 78191 Find in a Library
Title: Case Preparation (From Trial Techniques - A Compendium of Course Materials, P 3-32, 1980 - See NCJ-78190)
Author(s): S S Trott; S M Fallis
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: National College of District Attorneys
Houston, TX 77004
Sale Source: National College of District Attorneys
College of Law
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77004
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two papers offer prosecutors step-by-step guidelines on how to prepare for a trial and cover such topics as witness interviews, knowledge of the defendant, preparation for preliminary hearing, voir dire, and the trial.
Abstract: Both papers emphasize the importance of thorough preparation. For example, the first paper advises, as one of the initial steps, preparation of a case workbook containing such items as a chronological diary of everything considered important by the prosecutor and ideas or insights that flash into the prosecutor's mind and are written down as soon as they occur. Careful organization of all material related to the case and a visit to the scene of the crime or any other relevant location are also recommended. Steps to follow in preparing the charge to the jury and preparing witnesses are also outlined. Both papers advise such actions as thorough examination of police reports, a rehearsal of examination and cross-examination of witnesses, and maintenance of notes on testimony offered by witnesses during the preliminary hearing. The first paper also recommends that a case be dismissed if after preparation, the prosecutor has strong doubt that the defendant is guilty. Case law examples are included.
Index Term(s): Course materials; Indictment; Prosecution; Prosecutors; Reference materials
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