What is the order of procedure at trial?
The city will present their case first. After each witness you will have an opportunity to cross examine the witness. The city may ask additional questions when you are done (re-direct) and then you would have the opportunity to cross examine the witness on any new information that has come up.

After the city has presented all of its evidence, they will rest their case. It is then your opportunity to present your case. You may call witnesses, including yourself, to testify. Your witnesses will be subject to cross examination by the city. When you are done presenting evidence, the court will give each party the opportunity to present a closing argument (the city will go first, then rebuttal by the defendant, and the city may make a final comment (the party with the burden of proof always goes last).

After all evidence has been presented and closing arguments made, the trial is over. The court may then make an oral decision from the bench or may issue a written decision.

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1. Are trials recorded?
2. Do I have to have an attorney?
3. How can I subpoena witnesses?
4. How can I use other types of evidence?
5. How long will a trial take?
6. If I lose at trial, will I be able to appeal?
7. If I lose at trial, will I have to pay more than the amount on my ticket?
8. What happens if I change my mind before the trial and decide that I want to settle my case?
9. What is the order of procedure at trial?
10. What will happen at trial?
11. Who has the burden of proof at a trial?
12. Who will be present at a trial?
13. Will I be sworn in?