Q
What is the trial procedure of my Virginia personal injury case?

A
All trials are conducted in basically the same manner. They involve the following steps:

1. Selecting a Jury: in a jury case, the first step is to question prospective jurors to determine whether they can be fair and impartial.

2. Opening statement: after jury selection, each attorney has the opportunity to tell the jury what the case is about and what proof will be presented.

3. Presenting witnesses: the plaintiff's attorney calls witnesses first and presents the plaintiff's case though witnesses and exhibits. The defendant's attorney is given the right to question these witnesses when the plaintiff's attorney has finished asking them questions. When the plaintiff has finished presenting witnesses, the defendant's attorney is given the opportunity to call the defendant's witnesses, and the plaintiff's attorney has the right to question the defendant's witnesses.

4. Argument: after the testimony is complete, the plaintiff's attorney may argue on behalf of ht plaintiff. The defendant's attorney is then given the right to argue, and the plaintiff's attorney is given a final chance to argue the plaintiff's case.

5. Instructions: after all the testimony has been presented, the judge will instruct the jury as to the law firm. The jury then goes to the jury room and decides which party should win and the amount of money, if any, to be rewarded.

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