Court trials in Wisconsin

In certain circumstances the defense will conduct a trial without a jury.  A court trial involves the judge making all decisions in the case, including what evidence is relevant and whether the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Each side presents its case to the judge, just as they would during a jury trial.  During the presentation, the judge may interrupt to ask questions, clarify issues, or voice concerns.  At the end of the trial the judge issues a final verdict.

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