An Orange Park Accident Lawyer Explains Trial Procedure

In most cases, as an Orange Park accident lawyer can tell you, personal injury trial procedures commence in a specific manner.

Jury Selection

First, a judge will open the trial by calling prospective jurors, acting legal counsel, and clients (plaintiff/defendant) into the courtroom. Jury selection (also called “voir dire”) begins. In some jurisdictions, attorneys ask prospective jurors questions, while in others the judge does the questioning. Jurors who have not been excluded from the case based on disqualifying reasons are then selected by way of a lottery.

Opening Statements

After a jury is selected, acting legal counsel from both sides will make opening statements. These statements are brief summaries of the case on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant. An experienced Orange Park accident lawyer will use this time to explain your injury, the cause of your injury, and why your case is being tried before a court of law. After opening statements, your Orange Park accident lawyer will alternately call you and all witnesses—i.e., doctors, eyewitnesses of the accident, etc.—to the stand for questioning. After each witness has been questioned by direct examination, the defense counsel will begin cross-examination, asking questions of you and your witnesses. After cross-examination has concluded, your Orange Park accident attorney can finish with a few additional questions, or re-direct examination.

A Qualified Orange Park Accident Attorney Can Provide More Information

Orange Park accident lawyer John Fagan understands trial procedures, and can you prepare effective testimony. Call today at 904-278-1000.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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