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Court's Charge - Minefield Approach
Nina Cortell, Karen S. Precella

When Do You Draft?
It is never too early to start drafting your charge.  Knowledge of how your charge will look will assist with the pleading, discovery, and proof aspects of your case.  Indeed, advance knowledge of your charge will ensure that you not prove up the wrong case!  The first big bad mistake of charge practice is waiting too long to draft the charge.  A draft should be prepared at the outset of the case and updated throughout the pretrial process.  You should avoid the temptation of waiting until the eve before charge conference!  By that point, it may well be too late.