The series shows the workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment and continuing through the lawyers process of building a case, investigating leads and preparing witnesses and defendants for trial.


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Series cast summary:
 Tracey Kibre (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Kelly Gaffney (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Hector Salazar (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Arthur Branch (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Chris Ravell (10 episodes, 2005-2006)


Lennie Briscoe, now retired from the NYPD, joins the District Attorney's office as an investigator. Through him, and the various lawyers, jury members and court officials we meet along the way, the show explores the intricate workings of the jury system. Written by Anonymous

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3 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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In Jerry Orbach's last episode, he was so sick he was barely able to speak. In one scene they pulled back and added his voice later. In another scene, they changed it so he "had" to whisper, since his voice couldn't get any louder. See more »


Detective Chris Ravell: Branch fired him?
ADA Tracey Kibre: Nope, he resigned.
Detective Chris Ravell: Smart, this way he gets to collect his full pension.
ADA Tracey Kibre: I don't think that entered into it.
Detective Chris Ravell: You give people too much credit.
ADA Tracey Kibre: You don't give people enough.
Detective Chris Ravell: Big risk, calling him to the stand.
ADA Tracey Kibre: I had no choice.
Detective Chris Ravell: Why not wait for Eckhart to crucify him?
ADA Tracey Kibre: He would have lied to Eckhart. Then I'd have known that he was giving false testimony.
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Referenced in George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing (2005) See more »

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Jerry Orbach's death and uninspired scripts doomed this show
25 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Trial By Jury failed to live up to its potential. The first few episodes held out the promise of an in-depth look at how the legal system works from all angles, including the jury, but this was quickly altered to a focus on the Bebe Neuwirth character and her investigators. In effect, it became an hour-long version of the second half of the original L&O. Still, the show was interesting and entertaining, and its crossovers with other L&O shows were fun. I enjoyed Neuwirth, both her acting and her character. I wasn't put off at all by her terse manner or cynicism, and I think she had pretty good chemistry with her female sidekick. Some of the story lines did seem to be retreads of stories from other L&O shows, but if the writers could have managed to overcome that trend, and stayed true to the show's original potential, then it might have been another strong entry in the L&O franchise.

I do have to say, however, that even though I liked the show, the fact that its creativity started waning after a few episodes caused me to be less disappointed by its cancellation than I might have been. Jerry Orbach, who was intended to be a regular on the show playing Lenny Briscoe, could have been the sympathetic character this show was missing, but his worsening illness and then death put an end to those plans and probably this show. He was only able to show up during the first two episodes, and even then he looked quite ill. These days, networks aren't generally willing to give a series time to come into its own. If you don't produce ratings in the first half dozen outings, its generally cancellation time.

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