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Your Trial Notebook Starts with Your Files

files_163042Not sure where to begin on your trial notebook? Start with your office files.

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Key to Conducting an Effective Trial: Organization

Being effective at trial requires the highest level of organization and preparation. Any disorganization or unpreparedness will show, and it can undermine a case. The best time to start organizing trial materials is when setting up the files at the inception of the case.

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11 Steps to Preparing Your Trial Notebook

One of the most important tasks when preparing a case for trial is to prepare a trial notebook with everything you’ll need or want during trial.  Don’t create your trial notebook to impress a client, an adversary, or another lawyer in your office (although it may do so!); your notebook should reflect your personal style and the particular requirements of the case.

The following should be included in the preparation of your trial notebook: