The court proceedings for the Colorado theatre shooter could take months and even years.
And it won't be an easy task for the judge handling the case to prevent things from getting out of hand quickly.
After shooting suspect James Holmes appeared in court with pink and orange hair, looking dazed at times, many legal scholars are saying the proceedings could become circus-like if proper steps aren't taken to gain control over the courtroom.
Local court officials say it's a fine balance to try to calm pre-trial publicity and make sure the defendant, know matter how guilty they may seem, gets a fair trial.
But it can be tempting for judges in high profile cases to get caught up in all the hoopla and see their own 15 minutes of fame.
Judge Richard Warren says it's easy to avoid becoming star struck if you remember who sets down the rules in the courtroom.
Judge Warren says the public has to remember that court procedures have to be followed properly, especially with the knowledge that the appeals court and supreme court may be following the case closely.