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What is the Role of a Judge in a Trial?

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses What Is the Role Of A Judge In A Trial

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A judge is the presiding official in any civil or criminal trial. If a jury is also present then the role of a judge is somewhat limited. The judge in a jury trial is to be the decision maker as to legal issues. The jury is the decision maker as to fact issues. A jury decides who should be believed. In that sense they decide the facts. Suppose the dispute is the color of a traffic light. The jury decides if the light was red or green. The jury was not present for the accident. Therefore all they know about the color of the light is what they see and hear in the courtroom. Their decision becomes “fact” as to the color of the light.

A personal injury attorney is accustomed to trying cases in front of a jury.

During the course of a trial there may be objections made. These objections are to evidence offered. The judge rules on those objections. In other words the judge decides if the jury will hear the evidence. If the evidence is admitted that means it may be considered by the jury in the decision making process. If it is not admitted then that evidence is not to be considered. Where there is no jury, then the judge becomes not only the decision maker as to the law but also as to the facts.

Any decision made by the jury can be reviewed by the judge. If there are facts to support the jury’s decision then it will stand.

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