“You’re doing too much; it’s just a bench trial.”
A bench trial is still a trial: opening statement, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing argument.
Judges are people too. They make decisions just like jurors, so it is in our client’s benefit to approach bench trials the same way we approach jury trials.
As such, with the exception of jury selection, the preparation and presentation for a bench trial should be the same as a jury trial.
And the other side will not be prepared for it, because they will expect that you will approach the trial like it’s “just a bench trial.”
(Bonus: The Judge will appreciate your effort and their verdict may reflect that.)
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