Arraignments and Pre-Trial Conferences

Arraignments and Pre-Trial Conferences

Arraignments:

An arraignment is a court hearing where the charges are formally read to the defendant and the defendant enters an initial plea of guilty or not guilty.

It is merely a preliminary proceeding. No testimony or evidence is produced at an arraignment. At the arraignment, a tentative pre-trial and trial date is scheduled. Arraignments are open to the public.

  • Associate Court Arraignments are held on the first floor in Courtroom 2 on Thursdays at 8:30 am.
  • District Court Arraignments are held on the first floor in Courtroom 1 on Thursdays at 11:00 am.

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Pre-Trials:

The pre-trial conference is a meeting involving the court, the prosecuting attorney, and the defendant’s attorney. It is primarily a scheduling conference during which time the trial is scheduled. During the pre-trial conference, the court is advised as to the anticipated length of trial and the primary issues involving the court. The Court is also advised whether there are any pending motions or depositions to be completed. If the defendant decides to enter a plea of guilty rather than go to trial, the plea may be taken at the time of the pre-trial conference or scheduled at another date. Pleas and sentencing are open to the public.

  • Associate Court Pre-Trials are held on the first floor in Courtroom 2 on Tuesdays at 8:30 am and Wednesdays at 8:30 am.
  • Associate Court Pre-Trials are also held in the first floor jury room, Wednesdays at 1:30 pm. On Wednesday afternoon, however, due to the volume of cases, please check with the attorney assigned to a particular case to make sure you can be present if you wish.
  • District Court Pre-Trials are held on the first floor in Courtroom 1 on Fridays at 1:00 pm.