All outstanding motions will be heard
and decided prior to the commencement of evidence except where the court defers
argument and/or decision, e.g. motions in limine. Each party shall represent
their respective position, in writing, accompanied by supporting authority.
Each party shall file, one day before
the commencement of evidence, a list of exhibits with a brief description of
each. The State shall numerically
mark all exhibits and the defendant shall
alphabetically mark all exhibits. A copy of each party’s list
shall be provided to opposing counsel and to the court at or before the time of
filing. (Only required when either party anticipates 30+ exhibits)
Each party shall file, before the
commencement of jury selection, a list of all prospective witnesses. A copy of
each party’s list shall be provided to opposing counsel and the court at or
before the time of filing.
Requests for jury instructions
must be filed no later than one hour prior to the swearing of
the jury. Requests must fully comply with the Practice Book. Each request must
contain a citation of authority and the evidence to which the proposition would
apply. The State must make a separate request for each count charged in the
information to include the essential elements of each crime charged. The defense
must include a separate request for the defense(s) claimed for each count.
Counsel are not required to submit
requests for general jury instructions which, for example, instruct the jury on
its role, evidence in general, or witness credibility.
The court will accept a courtesy copy of the request to charge via email; this
does not relieve the parties of their obligations under the Practice Book.
The jury shall be permitted to take
notes during trial.
Judge of the Superior Court
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