How to Conduct A Criminal Jury Trial Part I: From Pre-Trial Hearings to Jury Selection

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In Part One of this two-part program on Criminal Jury Trials, former Public Defender Saad Siddiqui will provide an overview of the beginning stages of conducting a jury trial, from Pre-Trial Hearings to Jury Selection. The course will review practical techniques for pre-trial motion practice, and best practices in selecting a jury, tailored to the severity and nature of the crime charged. In addition, Mr. Siddiqui will review preparation tactics, information gathering, rapport building, challenges for cause, peremptory challenges, and the Baston inquiry.

The program will benefit criminal defense attorneys at beginner and intermediate levels of practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create a strategy for pre-trial motion practice aligned with your theory of the case
  2. Compile a case file that is effective and easy to use
  3. Select a favorable jury
  4. Prepare your client for trial 

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Saad Siddiqui

Westchester County Department of Law

Saad Siddiqui is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received his law degree from Pace University School of Law. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Siddiqui was an Associate at the law firm of Young & Bartlett, LLP in White Plains, New York where he represented clients in criminal and civil matters. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Siddiqui was Associate Counsel in the Criminal Division of the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County. In that capacity he represented hundreds of clients in all types of criminal cases ranging from criminal, traffic, and DWI offenses in local and village courts to murder and other serious felonies at the trial and appellate level.

Presently Mr. Siddiqui is a Senior Assistant County Attorney with the Westchester County Department of Law.