"Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant." - Henry David Thoreau

The Trial

Arraignment | Trial | Verdict | Scheduled Sentencing & Plea Dockets

If a case is brought to trial and cannot be resolved between the City and the defendant, the City must prove its charges. At the conclusion of the trial, the Judge will reach a verdict after considering the charges, the testimony and all facts presented to the Court.

The defendant may ask the Court to issue subpoenas compelling witnesses to appear at trial. However, the defendant must furnish names, addresses and telephone numbers of these witnesses to the Court as quickly as possible, so they can be located and subpoenas served no later than ten [10] days before the scheduled date of the trial.

At trial, the prosecutor will call witnesses to testify against the defendant. After each prosecution witness testifies, the defendant has a right to cross-examine each witness. After the prosecution has presented its case, the defendant may then call any witnesses on his/her behalf.

The defendant has both the right to testify and a constitutional right not to testify. If a defendant chooses not to testify, this decision will not be used by the judge in determining guilt or innocence. However, if the defendant does testify, the prosecution has a right to cross-examine him/her.