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This paper covers the basics of contempt, including the differences between civil and criminal contempt; the differences between direct and indirect criminal contempt; and the sanctions for contempt.
This paper covers the court’s authority to close proceedings altogether or to exclude specified individuals from the courtroom. It reviews constitutional rights to open courts and statutory limitations on access.
This section outlines the major steps in trying a non-capital criminal case.
This paper discusses when a judge may order an arrest or search warrant or accompanying affidavit sealed, and recommends procedures to be followed.
This paper explains the deadline for service of a summons in a civil case and when that deadline may be extended.
This paper discusses the requirements for issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) or preliminary injunction, including the notice required to be given, the showing that must be made to support the TRO or injunction, the form of the order, and bond and appeal.
This section discusses the evidence issue of relevancy and covers, among other things, Evidence Rule 401 and Evidence Rule 402.
Keywords: logical relevance, legal relevance, direct evidence, circumstantial evidence, conditional relevance, chain of events evidence, context evidence, guilt of another evidence, demonstrations, weapons evidence, 404(b) evidence, evidence of flight, gang-related evidence, negative evidence, victim impact evidence, photographs
This section discusses Evidence Rule 403.
This section covers selection of the grand jury foreperson, duties of the foreperson, and removal of the foreperson. It includes sample questionnaires for selection of the foreperson and sample orders appointing the foreperson.
This section gives recommended standard instructions to be read to the jury pool at the start of a case, before jury selection has begun, including the introduction of court officials, observations on the importance of jury service, admonitions about contacts with lawyers and witnesses, and the opportunity to present excuses.
Keywords: Voir dire
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