Bisel Logo Pennsylvania Criminal Trial Guide

AUTHOR: ROBERT L. EVANGELISTA

Published: Volume 1 (May, 2002); Volume 2 (May, 2004)
(Originally published as PA Trial Guide in 1959 by Burton Laub)
Most recent supplement/update: Spring 2019 supplement, released Apr. 2019; $122.50
(Current Subscriber's Price: $102.50)
ISBN: 1-887024-71-9

2 VOLUMES, LOOSE-LEAF, PRICE: $225.00

This two volume set is styled to enable the reader to gain an understanding of the general principles involved in criminal trials through a rapid reading of the main text alone. The contents are arranged in chronological order from the beginning to the end of the criminal trial including pretrial procedure, selected principles of evidence and the burden of proof with additional chapters on sentencing, non-jury trials, and more.

SUMMARY OF CONTENTS

Volume 1
(Revised 2002)

Dedication
Preface
Index

CHAPTER 1 — CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES
General Principles
Right to Trial by Jury
Right to a Speedy Trial
Right to a Public Trial
Right to Assistance of Counsel
Other Rights

CHAPTER 2 — TRIAL COUNSEL
The Prosecuting Attorney
Defense Counsel

CHAPTER 3 — SCHEDULING OF TRIALS
General Considerations
Consolidated Cases

CHAPTER 4 — PRETRIAL PROCEDURE
Arraignment
Plea by Defendant
Other Pretrial Matters

CHAPTER 5 — COMMENCEMENT OF TRIAL
Selection of the Jury
Other Matters Relating to juries
Opening Address of Counsel

CHAPTER 6 — PRESENTATION OF PROOF
Witnesses
Other Types of Proof

CHAPTER 7 — SELECTED PRINCIPLES OF EVIDENCE
Admissibility of Evidence
Legal Relevance of Evidence
Hearsay Evidence
Self-Incrimination
Privileged Communications
Illegally Obtained Evidence

CHAPTER 8 — MEETING THE BURDEN OF PROOF
Burden of Proof
Sufficiency of Evidence
Presumptions

CHAPTER 9 — TERMINATION OF TRIAL BEFORE COMPLETION
General Principles

CHAPTER 10 —SUBMITTING THE CASE TO THE JURY
Points for Charge
Closing Arguments
Jury Instructions
Jury Deliberations

CHAPTER 11 — VERDICT
General Considerations

CHAPTER 12 — SENTENCING
Imposition of Sentence
Mandatory Sentences

CHAPTER 13 — NON-JURY TRIALS
General Considerations

VOLUME 2
(Revised 2004)
Dedication
Index

CHAPTERS 14-19 RESERVED

CHAPTER 20 — GENERAL SUBSTANTIVE PRINCIPLES
Preliminary Provisions
Requirements for Culpability
Parties to Crime

CHAPTER 21 — INCHOATE CRIMES
Attempt
Solicitation
Conspiracy
Other inchoate Crimes

CHAPTER 22 — CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON
Assault and Related Crimes
Kidnapping and Related Crimes
Sex Crimes

CHAPTER 23 — CRIMINAL HOMICIDE
Crimes Code Provisions
Other Homicide

CHAPTER 24 — CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY
Arson amid Related Crimes
Theft and Related Crimes
Other Crimes Against Property

CHAPTER 25 — MISCELLANEOUS CRIMES
Selected Controlled Substance Act Violations
Selected Vehicle Code Violations

CHAPTER 26 — SELECTED DEFENSES
Justifiable Use of Force
Insanity
Other Defenses

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