Somewhere in the back of your mind, you may have a memory of sitting in a high school civics lesson while the teacher explained the Bill of Rights, which are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Among those amendments is the Sixth, which your teacher may have summarized as granting the right to a fair trial for anyone accused of a crime.
While the Sixth Amendment may have had little significance in your high school years, it is critical now if you are facing or have recently been a defendant in a criminal trial. What is fair to you may not be fair to someone else. That is why the legal system looks to the guidelines provided in the Constitution whenever someone comes to trial. If you are facing a criminal trial, you can expect certain safeguards to ensure you receive a fair trial.