Tag Archives: TRIAL ISSUES

OFFICIAL COURT REPORTERS – TEN BASIC RULES EVERY JUDGE SHOULD FOLLOW (13-12)

Other than a spouse or family member, there are few people judges spend more time with than their court reporters. The personal and professional relationship between a judge and their court reporter is extremely unique. In addition to being responsible for maintaining the official court record, court reporters are also privy to highly confidential and sensitive material. Court reporters are highly trained dedicated professionals and deserve to be treated as such. The following is a list of ten (10) personal and professional practices to help new judges develop a relationship with their court reporter that is based on mutual trust and respect.

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Ordering Defendants to Wear Restraints During Trial (13-05)

QUESTION: Under what circumstances can the court order a defendant to wear restraints (e.g. leg restraint not visible to the jury, etc.) during trial and what nine (9) factors should the court consider in reaching a decision?

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Admissibility of Defendants Prior Bad Acts Including Relationship Evidence (12-06)

QUESTION: To be Admissible, Evidence of Prior Bad Acts of Defendant, including Defendant’s Relationship with the Victim, Must Fit within 1 of 4 Exceptions to the General Rule Prohibiting Evidence of Bad Character.

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PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT (10-14)

PROBLEM: WITH EACH NEW GENERATION OF PROSECUTORS MANY OF THE SAME PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT MISTAKES ARE REPEATED. ENCLOSED ARE TWO JUDICIAL RESOURCES TO ASSIST THE COURT IN ADDRESSING THIS ONGOING CONCERN?

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