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Lesson 16: Sixth Amendment: What is Effective Representation?

Please watch this video on the Sixth Amendment Right to a Speedy Trial

(Video Length: 16 minutes and 02 seconds)

Sixth Amendment

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and explain the constitutional guarantees in the sixth amendment


  1. Read the National Constitution Center on the Sixth Amendment.
  2. Watch the Kahn Academy video on the Sixth Amendment.

Right to Counsel

Lesson 19: Trial Rights: Understanding the Rights of a Defendant

Jury Selection

Right to Remain Silent

Right to Confront Witnesses/Evidence

Double Jeopardy

Public Trials