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The Trial Process


This webpage presents an overview of the formal processes and proceedings in any civil trial and a link to separate webpage that presents the specific chronology of events in the Woburn Toxic Trial. Links are also available to videoclips of Ohio State University students performing these tasks in a mock trial.

There are four main stages to a trial. In sequence, they are:

Pleading Stage

Pretrial Stage

The Trial

Click here to see a videoclip of opening statements from one of the Ohio State mock trials.

Click here to see a videoclip of direct testimony from one of the Ohio State mock trials.

Click here to see a videoclip of cross examination from one of the Ohio State mock trials.

Click here to see a videoclip of direct testimony from one of the Ohio State mock trials.

Click here to see a videoclip of the jury charge from one of the Ohio State mock trials.

Post-Trial Stage

Handbook given to jurors serving in U.S District Courts.

Some of the key issues related to the Woburn Toxic Trial are shown on the time table presented in Chronology of the Woburn Toxic Trial.