While it is a fine RP choice to make your character a bad judge in character, everyone should know the rules and courtroom process OOC. The following questions pertain to the process of a trial.
When hearing opening statements which party goes first?
Before testifying a witness is generally what by the bailiff?
Should the judge ask questions of their own to a witness, defendant or prosecutor?
It is the judge's responsibility to ensure both the prosecution & defence are competent to complete their task. If a defendant elects to defend themselves but the judge does not consider them competent to do so, the court should be adjourned and a should be lodged.
When hearing closing arguments, which party goes first?
While we understand most people taking this bar exam are not RL lawyers, for the sake of immersion and sense we are going to cover some commonly misunderstood terminology. This does not mean your character needs to be a good lawyer/judge. It is perfectly acceptable to play a character that is unknowledgeable or simply bad at their job. However, if this isn't the case for your character, we hope the following helps.
Thanks for completing the GunSmoke County Bar Exam. We wish you luck in your future legal endeavours.