Courts on the first level conduct trials,
and the losing party may “appeal” to
the higher two levels. Hover over a
court to learn about where it is located
and what types of cases it handles.
You rarely expect to be involved in a court case. But then it happens–you receive a speeding ticket, or you are injured in a car wreck. What will the court process look like? This section of this project tells you “What to Expect” in four common types of cases.
In this video you will hear Judge Scott Beauchamp and attorneys Britney Harrison and Sally Pretorious explain what to expect in your divorce case. Topics include what to do if you want a divorce, whether you need a lawyer, whether you have to go to court, and much more.
In this video you will hear from municipal court prosecutor Michelle Voirin, criminal defense attorney Justin Holt, and Municipal Court Judge Lauren Sepúlveda. They will answer common questions like, “Do I have to go to court?”, “What happens if I plead guilty?”, “Do I need an attorney?”, “What happens at trial?”, and much more.
It’s important to realize that different lawyers do different things – they focus on specific areas. You wouldn’t want to hire a family law attorney to represent you in bankruptcy court. So it’s important to think about your problem and consider what type of lawyer may be able to help.
Some common legal issues that lawyers specialize in are:
These guides provide tips for lawyers to be strategic and adherent to the rules surrounding publicity of trial matters when interacting with the media.
These guides also provide advice to members of the media who are not lawyers on covering legal proceedings.
Citizens’ interest in legal matters is at an all-time high, bolstered by the advent of social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and entire networks and programming devoted to case coverage and analysis. Consequently, many lawyers have begun to harness the power of the media in their advocacy. While press conferences, media appearances, and interviews may be useful in advancing clients’ interests, lawyers should always aim to communicate relevant facts with impartiality. For more detailed information, click the link below:PDF Media Guide for Lawyers
Legal matters generally involve parties who have different versions of the story and the facts. Cases may be complex and involve legal terms unfamiliar to the public. Understanding the basics of the legal system, the differences in the types of courts, and the meaning of legal terms is important to accurately reporting on legal proceedings. For more detailed information, click the link below:PDF Media Guide for Reporters