Sixth Amendment

The Right to a Fair Trial

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
This Amendment protects your right to a public and fair trial. In England, the King could try someone in secret and the accused would not necessarly even know what they were being accused of. The blanket term, "for crimes against the crown", was used frequently.

Use the link to answer the following questions.


1. How soon must federal prosecutors start a trial?

2. What does voir dire mean?

3. Define the terms felony and misdemeanor.

4. Why do you think it is important to have people testify for you?

5. What is the difference between a capital and non-capital crime?