Simple trial preparation checklist

I can’t remember if I have published thistrial checklist before, but I’mposting it again anyway. The purpose of this checklist isto have a very simple outline for preparing a non major case. My commentsare added for explanation. This is to serve as an example for you to use in creating your own checklist.

TRIAL CHECKLIST

CASE TITLE: (The case of too little, too late)

CASE THEME: (An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure)

FAULT

1. (Ignored the increasing & multiple signs of a clot in the leg)

2. (When he react, he didn’t do the correct medical steps)

3. (When he finally realized he needed to involve a vascular surgeon it was too late to save the leg)

CASE DESCRIPTION -No more than foursentences

(Knee replacement surgery resulted inblood clot. The doctordidn’t respond until it was too late and the lower leg had to be amputated)

A.

__1. "STORY BOARD" PHOTOS

__2. MEDICAL BILLS

__3. DAMAGE PHOTO ENLARGEMENTS

__4. DAMAGE ELEMENT POSTER

__5. CLIENT BACKGROUNDPOSTER (Family, dates etc)

__6. FAULT POSTER WITH KEY EVENTS

__7. CLAIMS OF FAULT LIST

__8. EXHIBIT BLOW UPS

__9. AERIAL PHOTOS

__10. MEDICAL POSTERS WITHINJURY LIST

__11. MEDICAL ILLUSTRATION

__12. "STORY BOARD" OF EVENTS

__13. POSITIVE PRINTS X RAYS

__14. CT, MRI etc PREPARED

__15. HOSPITAL RECORDS: (subpoena originals or stipulation)

__16. DAY IN LIFE/VIDEO/STILL

__17 WAGE LOSS EXHIBITS

__18. COMPUTER SIMULATION

__19. PHOTOS OR VIDEOS

__20. AUTHORATIATIVE ARTICLES OR BOOKS (CX)

B. EQUIPMENT

__1. ELMO

__2. PROJECTOR

__3. SCREEN

__4. COMPUTER

C. TRIAL NOTEBOOKS

1.__TRIAL NOTEBOOK – Trial and Cross examinatin material

__2. TESTIMONY NOTEBOOK – Witness testimony arranged alphabetically

__3. RESOURCE NOTEBOOK – Data and exhibits

__4. JURY NOTEBOOK- Outlines for voir dire & forms

C. TRIAL PREPARATION

__1. MOTION IN LIMINE

__2. TRIAL BRIEF

__3. JURY INSTRUCTIONS

__4. VOIR DIRE

__5. OPENING STATEMENT

__6. DIRECT EXAM

__7. CROSS EXAM

__8. SUMMATION

C. WITNESS PREPARATION

__1. WITNESS SCHEDULE DETERMINED

__2. CLIENTS PREPARED: a. Advised re dress b. See video c. Read depo + interrogs

__3. FACT WITNESSES: a. Subpoenaed/Prepared b. Given depos/statements

__4. MEDICAL EXPERTS: a. Seen medical exhibits b. Seen bills c. Prepared

__5. NON MEDICAL EXPERTS: a. Seen exhibits b. Prepared

__6. NOTICE OF ATTENDANCE TO DEFENDANT

__7. LAY DAMAGE WITNESSES PREPARED

__8. INVESTIGATION OFFICER PREPARED

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