County of Berks
Skip navigation links
Berks County Departments
Police Departments
Fire Companies
Skip navigation links
Court of Common Pleas Home
Jury Services Home
Juror Questionnaire Login
About Jury Duty
Prohibited Use of Electronic Devices
First Day of Jury Service
Persons in the Courtroom
Trial Sequence
Voir Dire Examination
Return Jurors

The Trial Sequence

The following stages of a trial usually occur in jury cases:
  1. Selection of a jury and juror's oath
  2. The opening statement of the lawyers
  3. The plaintiff or the Commonwealth calls witnesses and produces evidence to prove his or her case
  4. The defendant may call witnesses and produce evidence to disprove the plaintiff's case and to prove the defendant's claims
  5. Arguments are made by the lawyers on each side
  6. The Judge will instruct the jury as to the law of the case.  Jurors must follow these instructions of law given to them by the Judge in each particular case
  7. The jury then retires to the jury deliberation room to arrive at a verdict