What is a Traditional Trial?
In a Traditional Trial, lawyers or people who represent themselves usually present information to the judge about the issues that are disputed in your case by using a question and answer format. Each person may be a witness, and each person is allowed to have other witnesses testify. After one side asks questions of his or her witnesses, the other side gets to ask follow-up questions of the other person and their witnesses. Generally, the judge asks few, if any, questions.
Rules of Evidence
The Rules of Evidence do apply in a Traditional Trial.
This means there are limits on what you, the other
person, and your witnesses can tell the judge about
your case. There are also limits on the documents and
papers that you, the other person, and the witnesses
can give the judge to review
If you or the other person
has a lawyer in a Traditional Trial, the lawyer will make
opening statements and closing arguments to the judge
and will ask questions of you, the other person, and
If you represent yourself, you will be the
one to make opening statements, closing arguments
and questioning witnesses.