The Duck wrote:
The person with burden of proof (plaintiff or gov) always sits next to the jury box (people to be persuaded). The overall burden...you don't switch for motions.
Nah this isn't always true. It really just depends on the court/location.
Uh, I'm pretty sure it is. I've been in dozens of courtrooms and had this discussion with a federal judge and several long-time trial attorneys in several states. Hell, even my Civ Pro prof told us this.
I've seen some deviation in the local county seat in a room or two but thats because they have no jury box. Where it should be is a standing room place for the various defense attorneys coming to the daily call. There may be rare exceptions but if there are it'll be pretty evident.
Think about it, otherwise the defendant would be sitting directly next to the jury box. The defense attorney would be seated towards the center and he/she'd be on the outside.
The plaintiff and his or her lawyer sit at the table nearest the jury. In a criminal case the PROSECUTOR, the party who brings the charge, frequently a police officer, and a DISTRICT ATTORNEY, the lawyer for the prosecution, sit at the table nearer the jury.