Crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol that sunk in April, killing more than 300 passengers, arrived at court on Monday to discover what penalties are being sought by prosecutors.
The crew members, including 68-year-old Captain Lee Joon-seok, arrived at Gwangju District Court by bus and were then escorted by court security into the building.
Family members of the ferry sinking victims also arrived to monitor the trial.
Prosecutors are expected to seek sentences for the 15 ferry crew members later on Monday and the verdict hearing date is also set to be announced.
Captain Lee and three other crew members from the Sewol ferry were indicted on homicide charges alleging they were negligent and failed to protect passengers in need when the ferry was sinking.
Eleven other crew members were indicted on less serious charges.
The 15 crew on trial were among the first group of people to leave when the ship began listing.
Many survivors have said they were repeatedly ordered by the captain via a loudspeaker to stay on the sinking ship and they didn't remember any evacuation order being given before they helped each other flee the sinking vessel.
The actions of the crew and particularly Captain Lee have shocked the nation.
If convicted, they could face the death penalty, according to the Supreme Court.
About seven months after the disaster, 294 bodies have been recovered and ten are still missing.
Most of the dead were high school students who were travelling to a resort island for a school trip.