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Presiding Over a Capital Case

An Electronic Benchbook for Judges

The Entire Publication

Presiding Over a Capital Case: 2020 Update was released in March 2020. Please click the "download" button below to download a PDF copy of the entire publication, suitable for printing.

Individual Chapters

Looking for individual chapters? Click "more" below to go to a selection of PDF documents, suitable for downloading.

Faculty & Contributors

The following judges, attorneys, and subject-matter experts contributed to this publication. To read more about them, please click "more" below.

Looking for the 2009 version of the publication? Look no further. Click "download" below to be taken to a PDF version of the book. On a side note, the NJC has exhausted its supply of printed books.



Case Management

Pretrial Matters

Media Management

Jury Selection

Model Orders

Post-Conviction Relief

Intellectual Disability

Exhibit Logs


We would love to hear from you! If you believe there are edits or additions to be made to the 2020 update, please click here to be taken to a brief evaluation. You are also welcome to contact NJC directly at

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