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A trial is where you appear in person to testify about the facts in the case. The officer who issued the citation will also be subpoenaed to appear. You have the right to subpoena witnesses and to have a lawyer present, if you retain one. Should you choose to be represented by a lawyer, you must notify the Court at least 10 days prior to your trial date.
If you have any photos, diagrams, reports or any other exhibits which you plan to present at the time of the trial, bring them with you on your trial date.
The arraignment rules and the following shall apply to all trials:
- The City, then you, will have an opportunity to present opening statements.
- All witnesses giving testimony at trial will be sworn.
- The City will present its case. You may cross-examine the City's witnesses.
- You will have the opportunity to present your case after the City presents it's case. The City may cross-examine your witnesses, including yourself if you decide to testify.
- Allowing further rebuttal evidence, on the part of the City or you, is within the discretion of the court.
- After both sides have rested their case, the City will have an opportunity to make a closing argument. Then you will have an opportunity to make a closing argument, and the City will have a short opportunity, since they have the burden of proof, to rebut new matter brought up in your argument. Further rebuttal arguments are within the discretion of the court.
- At the conclusion of closing arguments, the court will make a decision (guilty or not guilty). After this decision, if appropriate, the court will impose a sanction.
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