The Court Participants
August 8, 2011
When courtroom participants are thought of it’s generally the Judge, jurors, defense attorney, and the prosecutor. What about the other important participants? Such as, courtroom administration, the courtroom deputy, court clerk, court reporters and witness. Every one of these participants plays a key role in the criminal justice system. The Judge runs in an election and will be voted to be appointed. Once in the courtroom the judge presides over the trial from a desk, called a bench, on an elevated platform. The judge has five basic tasks. The first is simply to preside over the proceedings and see that order is ...view middle of the document...
A criminal defense attorney is liable for working on behalf of individuals who are charged with felonies and crimes. They speak on their behalf and work representing the interest of their clients in the court of the law. They can also be designated by the court of law to do so or directly approach by a client.
The responsibilities of a defense attorney involve the presentation of oral arguments in court, crafting and researching legal documents, developing a relationship with the client and advocating the client's innocence as best as possible. The role of the prosecutor at trial is to represent the government and prove the defendant is guilty of the crime charged. The prosecutor in a trial aims not only to persuade the jurors of the government’s case that the defendant has committed a crime, but also to assure that no innocent person is wrongly convicted. Prosecutors are most often chosen through local elections. The courtroom deputy, who is usually seated near the judge, administers the oaths to the witnesses, marks the exhibits, and generally helps the judge keep the trial running smoothly.
The Court Clerk’s primary responsibilities are to record, file and maintain District Court proceedings and maintain books and files useful for...