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LIGHTFOOT'S ASHBY PATE DRAFTS PROCEDURES USED IN PALAU'S FIRST JURY TRIAL
Lightfoot Attorney Ashby Pate was called upon to provide the Palau Supreme Court's legislative recommendations for the nation's first Jury Trial Act, which provided for jury trials for criminal defendants for the first time in the island nation's history. Pate also drafted the nation's jury trial rules, model jury instructions, and Chief Justice's model colloquy, which he modeled on the Alabama state and federal jury trial rules. The nation recently put them to use in an historic five week murder trial.