In all trials, a complaint is presented by the state's attorney or prosecutor. A complaint document alleges the act you are supposed to have committed. There are certain rules that must be followed by all participants.
The presentation of evidence, the cross-examination of witnesses, and any objections must be properly made pursuant to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and Texas Rules of Evidence. Just as the prosecutor is expected to follow the rules, so will you.
Bench & Jury Trials
There are two kinds of trials: a bench trial and a jury trial. A bench trial is presented to the judge of the court. Each side presents their case and the judge rules on the evidence.
A jury trial is presented before a six-member jury panel. Selection of this panel takes place prior to the trial for a pool of prospective jurors. Both sides have an opportunity to ask questions of the jury pool before the selection is made.
Pro Se Parties
Pro se parties (individuals representing themselves without an attorney) should be prepared to present their cases in a proper manner. It is not the court's duty or responsibility to protect or represent you, or instruct you on court procedure, evidence, rules, or how to present and prove your case. If you are unprepared, unaware, and not knowledgeable as to presenting your case, you may lose your case.
If you need a continuance, the court must receive your request in writing three working days before the trial.