Monthly Archives: March 2011

Judicial Mistake # 1 – When Defendants Stipulate to Element of Offense (11-05)

THERE ARE A FEW COMMON JUDICIAL MISTAKES THAT JUDGES TEND TO REPEAT YEAR AFTER YEAR, RESULTING IN A LARGE NUMBER OF APPEALS. ONE OF THE MOST COMMON OF THESE MISTAKES IS FAILURE TO OBTAIN A “PERSONAL WAIVER” OF THE RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL WHEN A DEFENDANT STIPULATES TO AN ELEMENT OF THE CHARGED OFFENSE.  A SIMPLE MISTAKE TO CORRECT!

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Judicial Resource: Online Judge’s Bench Book (11-06)

Prof. Steve Simon At The U Of M Law School Has Created An “Online Bench Book” That Addresses Evidentiary, Procedural And Courtroom Issues That Frequently Arise Prior To Or During Trial. The “Online Bench Book” Is Designed To Give Judges A Quick Answer To Evidentiary And Procedural Questions That Arise During Trial. It Can Be Accessed From A Judge’s Laptop On The Bench During Trial Or You Can Print The Contents And Refer To Them Separately. Each Topic Has A Short Concise Statement Of The Rule, Procedure Or Practice Followed By A Short Discussion And Analysis. The “Online Bench Book” Once Opened, Jumps To The Topic Selected When The Judge Clicks On The Topic. There Is Also A Built In Search Feature located on the left side of the main page.

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