Although most cases are settled before they go to trial, a law firm must prepare for the trial from the very start of the initial client interview. An attorney must be thoroughly prepared for the fact that this case may not settle. Your readings this week focus on trial preparation.
One of the jobs a paralegal can have in preparing for trial might entail using checklists to make sure everything is done in a timely manner for the trial. Another task is making sure that all documents have been served and responses are sent back in a timely fashion. What documents might you prepare and file before the trial? Why are these documents helpful to your attorney? How might they be helpful for the Judge? Why are witness lists prepared, instead of just calling whomever you want to the stand to testify during a trial?