You run the trial. You make sure that everybody is treated fairly and that everything
happens in the correct order. You will ensure lawyers act properly, speak clearly, stick
to the relevant points and ask sensible questions. In this capacity a judge is like a
sporting referee. You can ask people to speak up or make them repeat a question if
they think it is appropriate.
At the end of the trial the judge must deliver a short speech to the jury. In the speech
you should point out the strengths and weaknesses of the defence and the
prosecution’s case. Ask the jury to think about whether there is enough evidence to
find the defendant guilty. You must remind the jury that they can only find the
defendant guilty if they are absolutely sure there is enough evidence. You must never
give your personal opinion.
If the jury submit a verdict of guilty then it is up to the judge to decide what punishment
the defendant receives. The sentencing options are ‘C’ - Condemo (Death) or ‘A’ –
Prepare a summing up speech. Decide an appropriate punishment if the defendant
is found guilty.