A trial is the phase of the criminal proceeding where the facts are presented to a jury or a judge, and a decision is made about guilt or lack of guilt. The burden of proof is on the prosecution, and the standard is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Most felony cases are tried before a jury of 12 persons. Misdemeanors and lesser offenses can be tried before a 6-person jury or before a judge. In a jury trial, the verdict must be unanimous.
The phases of trial generally include jury selection, opening statements, testimony (presented through direct examination and challenged by cross-examination), physical and documentary evidence, summations, deliberations and verdict.
The length of a trial varies depending upon the nature of the case and the amount of evidence involved. A drug sale or weapons possession trial can take a week or less, whereas a homicide or complex fraud case can take months.
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