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Here's a guide to everything you need to know.
Before the Trial
Leading up to the trial there will be a pretrial conference which is a meeting of the judge and lawyers to discuss which matters should be presented to the jury, to review evidence and witnesses, to set a timetable, and to discuss the settlement of the case.
During the Trial
The trial is a formal explanation of evidence before a judge, and typically before the jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings. The plaintiff and defendant will make their pleadings or their formal statement of the cause of an action or defense. The preponderance of evidence is the greater weight of the evidence required in a civil lawsuit for the trier of the fact to decide in favor of one side or the other. If there is a dispute an arbitrator will be used to mediate it.
After the Trial
After all of the evidence is presented in the trial the jury and judge will come to a verdict or a decision on the issue that was disputed in court. If the plaintiff does not believe that their trial was fair, they can appeal the courts decision and go to The Court of Appeals.