The procedure for jury trials is as important as an attorney’s mastery of the facts. The relevant jury trial statutes include:
Relevant Statutory Authority
15A-941 Arraignment before judge only upon written request; use of two-way audio
transmission; entry of not guilty plea if not arraigned.
15A-942 Right to Counsel.
15A-943 Arraignment in superior court – Required calendaring.
15A-944 Arraignment in superior court – Optional calendaring.
15A-945 Waiver of arraignment.
15A-1201 (Effective until December 1, 2014, contingent upon approval of
constitutional amendment) Right to trial by jury; waiver of jury trial.
15A-1211 Selection procedure generally; role of judge; challenge to the panel;
authority of judge to excuse jurors.
15A-1212 Grounds to challenge for cause.
15A-1213 Informing prospective jurors of case.
15A-1214 Selection of jurors; procedure.
15A-1215 Alternate jurors.
15A-1216 Impaneling jury.
15A-1221 Order of proceedings in jury trial; reading of indictment prohibited.
15A-1222 Expression of opinion prohibited.
15A-1223 Disqualification of judge.
15A-1224 Death or disability of trial judge.
15A-1225 Exclusion of witnesses.
15A-1225.1 Child witnesses; remote testimony.
15A-1225.2 Witnesses with developmental disabilities or mental retardation; remote
15A-1226 Rebuttal evidence.
15A-1227 Motion for dismissal.
15A-1228 Notes by the jury.
15A-1229 View by jury.
15A-1230 Limitations on argument to the jury.
15A-1231 Jury instructions.
15A-1232 Jury instructions; explanation of law; opinion prohibited.
15A-1233 Review of testimony; use of evidence by the jury.
15A-1234 Additional instructions.
15A-1235 Length of deliberations; deadlocked jury.
15A-1236 Admonitions to jurors; regulation and separation of jurors.
15A-1238 Polling the jury.
15A-1239 Judicial comment on verdict.
15A-1240 Impeachment of the verdict.
15A-1241 Record of proceedings.
15A-1242 Defendant’s election to represent himself at trial.
15A-1243 Standby counsel for defendant representing himself.
15A-1334 The sentencing hearing.
A top rated trial attorney must know the proper rules for a trial. Each of these statutes creates an opportunity to protect a defendant’s rights. Contact the 10.0 AVVO rated Defense Attorney‘s at Garrett, Walker and Aycoth for experienced trial lawyers.