Coming to a Decision
In This Chapter
• Who decides the law for the case
• Who decides the facts for the case
• How the law is applied to the facts
• Why the law is always applied the same way to the same kinds of facts
At the end of every trial, a decision is made either for the plaintiff or for the defendant. Sometimes the process of coming to that decision seems mysterious, almost as if it took place inside a black box that no one can see into. While it’s true that, in a sense, jury decisions happen inside the black box of the jury room, and the judge’s decisions happen inside the black box of the judge’s brain, there is a logic and procedure that must be followed. Because of that, you can actually get a very good idea of ...