Courtroom Standards Analysis

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Courtroom Standards Analysis Chris CJA/484 June 17, 2013 Courtroom Standards Analysis Courtroom Personnel There are a number of individuals who make up the courtroom personnel. Each individual whether it be the judge, bailiff, court reporter, courtroom clerk, prosecutor, defense counsel, jury, defendant, or witness contribute to the shaping of legal law. The judge who presides over the trial has the ultimate authority in the courtroom. “The judge must see that the trail is conducted in an orderly manner according to prescribed rules and laws covering the selection of the jury, the presentation of evidence, the arguments of the lawyers, the instructions to the jury, and the rending of the verdict” (Arizona Judicial Branch, 2013,…show more content…
All work group members influence and are influenced by the other members, and members have different bases of power and areas of knowledge. Judges have formal authority and may direct actions of the court and the attorneys. Prosecutors have superior case knowledge and have discretion about what matters will go to trial. Defense attorneys are able to interview witnesses, obtain evidence through discovery, and file pretrial motions. The four common goals of the members are doing justice; maintaining group cohesion; disposing of the case load; and reducing uncertainty. Their different bases of knowledge give group members various types of power and influence. Three interaction techniques that are frequently utilized are unilateral decisions, adversarial proceedings, and negotiations. (G. Larry Mays (n.d), para. 3) References Arizona Judicial Branch. (2013). Jury Service Courtroom Personnel. Retrieved from National Institute of Justice. (2008). Courtroom Personnel. Retrieved from G. Larry Mays,. (n.d). American courts and the judicial process . Retrieved from
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