The Kern County Superior Court handles criminal cases, among
many other types of cases. Criminal cases may include serious charges and the
defendant may be remanded until their case is decided.
Criminal cases heard at the Kern County Superior Court can
include attempted murder and murder charges. Individuals must have legal
representation for the trial, unless the judge allows them to represent
themselves. For those that are unable to afford a lawyer, a public defender
will be appointed.
The serious nature off criminal charges can include some
confusing court proceedings and legal terminology. The criminal attorney will
generally explain all of these details to the defendant before and during the
In cases where a jury will hear the case, attorneys from both
sides may select jury members from those present at the Kern County Superior Court.
In fact, jury members are usually assigned to a judge and then questioned by
both attorneys before they are selected for the jury.
Once the jury is selected, the trial will begin. If the outcome
of the trial appears to be based on misrepresentation of the law, the defendant
may ask the State Supreme Court to hear the facts of the case and determine if
laws were broken during the trial.
The Kern County Superior Court may include a number of criminal
cases being heard at the same time. In fact, there are many cases being heard
at the same time within the Kern County Superior Court, including civil and