Stages of the proceedings


Since the trial is the oral part of the case, the debates are essential. Judges and juries can only decide on what they hear.
The witness begins by testifying freely to the court, then the presiding judge asks questions, followed by the jury, the lawyer and the victims, the counsel for the prosecution and finally for the defence.
The accused and the victims can also speak, after asking the permission of the presiding judge, but not the public or journalists.

Image n°1 : Legal expert, Law Courts in Arlon.

Palix . 2004. watercolour, 29,7x42 cm.

© Palix

Image n°2 : Medical legal expert and prosecuting counsel, Law Courts in Douai.

Sylvie Guillot. 2005. pencil and watercolour. 32,5x43,5.

© Sylvie Guillot

Listen to Sylvie Guillot, artist - 01:00 [MP3 - 0.7 Méga octets]

Image n°3 : Witness addresses the accused, Assize Court in Ardennes.

Palix. 2008. watercolour, 21x29,7 cm.

© Palix

Image n°4 : Testimony, Law Courts in Paris.

Benoit Peyrucq. 2006. . watercolour, 32,5x50 cm.

© Benoit Peyrucq

Image n°5 : Conversation between a lawyer and the prosecutor, Law Courts in Paris.

Sylvie Guillot. 2002. watercolour. 44x32,5 cm.

© Sylvie Guillot

Image n°6 : Direct exchange between witness and accused, Presiding judge. Law Courts in Paris.

Benoit Peyrucq. 2009. pencil and watercolour, 40,5x32cm.

© Benoit Peyrucq