I was doing a lot of research for writing my story, and about maybe an eighth of it, is a court case. I was thinking of having the story take place in a preliminary hearing to see if there is enough evidence to go to trial. However, because all the witnesses would have been interviewed in a deposition prior to the hearing, and all the evidence would have already been examined, there is no element of surprise therefore. The prosecution cannot have any surprises for the defense, and vice versa, because they already know what everyone is going to say, and they already know what all the evidence exhibits are. So because of this, I feel that there is no element of surprise, not for the characters, and therefore, not for the reader much either. What do you think, or how should I approach this? Thanks for the advice and opinions. I really appreciate it.