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Any attorney seeking to handle a capital case in Pennsylvania must have a high level of understanding of how to handle these complicated cases. Judge Renee Hughes has brought together seven of her colleagues to explain to you the problems they see when capital cases are tried. This is an opportunity to find out how best to handle capital cases from the people who hear them.
What motions to consider and when they should be utilized
Voir dire – death and life qualifying a jury
Preservation of issues for appellate review
Charges for final instructions and post-trial motions
Change of venue
The appropriate role of stand-by counsel in a pro se proceeding
Much, much more
Review the special rules for cases in which a death sentence is authorized. Receive a listing of important capital cases that every practitioner who handles capital cases needs to have in their library, as well as helpful forms. Cover issues that arise in pre-trial motions, motions in general, voir dire and other jury issues, penalty phase issues, and post trial. Witness a mock voir dire.
Pre-Trial Motions & Motions in General
Mock Voir Dire
Voir Dire and Other Jury Issues
Comments from Administrative Judge James Fitzgerald
Penalty Phase Issues
Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District Member, Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence, Philadelphia
Hon. James J. Fitzgerald, III, Administrative Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia