Handling Capital Cases
Monday, May 20, 2019
toThursday, May 23, 2019
Death is different. You feel it the moment you enter a courtroom when a capital case is beginning. Even if you have experience handling major criminal cases, if you are not experienced in hearing capital cases, you may find yourself lost in the seemingly endless array of motions, hearings, and appeals that are unique to capital cases. The burden on the criminal process is heavy, and the usual rules often have limited use in capital cases. You will be able to summarize the trends in recent U.S. Supreme Court capital cases; ensure that a jury has been properly “death qualified” through voir dire; handle the penalty phase and sentencing efficiently after analyzing what constitutes aggravating and mitigating circumstances; ensure that responses to the media are appropriate and well-conceived; and rule effectively on post-trial motions.
After attending this course, participants will be able to:
- Manage a capital case more effectively;
- Summarize the trends in recent U.S. Supreme Court capital cases;
- Manage pretrial and trial issues in a capital case;
- Ensure that a jury has been properly “death qualified” through voir dire;
- Properly manage and define the role of the media to ensure accurate and fair information is given to the public;
- Apply practical techniques to effectively communicate and manage mentally ill defendants in court proceedings;
- Conduct the penalty phase of a capital case; and
- Effectively handle post-conviction claims.
This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development Appellate Judicial Skills and General Jurisdiction Trial Skills disciplines.