Murder and manslaughter have been at the core of state criminal codes since the writing of the Old Testament’s Ten Commandments. In modern democracies today, extraordinary attention is placed on the legal resolution of capital cases in the courtroom. Nowhere else is there such a high level of publicity, nowhere else is there such intensive investigation and trial argumentation before the courts. There is no other crime where the pressure to succeed is so great for state institutions. Nowhere is criminal defence more necessary than in jury trials.

The falsely accused is not only bombarded by circumstantial evidence from a large investigative commission, he is usually to be convicted on the basis of expert opinions as well. Good defence demands a level of expertise, diligence and tenacity unlike anywhere else in the courts.

If the goal of the defense is to convey an understanding for the actions of the accused under extraordinary circumstances, psychological empathy is required; for even in experienced courts a compassionate view of the events is overshadowed by the deadly outcome.

The catastrophic consequences of a conviction justify special effort from the defence bench. Even the charge of attempted murder can lead to a life sentence. Fighting for the legal classification of an act as manslaughter alone can cut prison time in half. Well-founded defence with the aim of diminishing criminal liability can provide perspective on the hopelessness of the accused’s situation.

In at times spectacular trials, the lawyers of have proven that they can successfully face the challenges of jury proceedings.

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.