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I know next to nothing about real-life judicial systems, and there are a few things in the games that are puzzling me, so I hope that someone more knowledgeable than me can help me understand.
See, in AAI case 4, Edgeworth is supposed to have his first trial. And by the way he and Manfred talk about it, it seems to be a very rare opportunity.
Then when that trial is canceled, Edgeworth's actual first trial takes place 5 months later.
That's something I have trouble understanding, as I assumed that prosecutors would spend most of their time preparing trials and standing in court. And it can't take that long to prepare a trial, especially with the 3-day system.
So my questions are: is it normal for a prosecutor to spend so much time outside of the court? Is standing in court such a rare occurrence? And more importantly, just what are they doing the rest of the time? How long is it supposed to take to prepare a trial? Besides, I assume a prosecutor can be assigned to several cases at the same time?
On a side note, the same question could be asked for lawyers. Phoenix had, like, 13 trials in 3 years (unless there were more cases that weren't shown in the games). Is that normal? How often do lawyers stand in court? Do state-appointed lawyers get more cases? Etc.
So if you have any insight about this, or even just guesses, please share. Thanks.