Court staff can:
- Explain and answer questions about how the court works.
- Tell you what the requirements are to have your case considered by the court.
- Give you some information from your case file.
- Provide you with guidance on how to fill out forms.
- Usually answer questions about court deadlines.
Court staff cannot:
- Give you legal advice. Only your lawyer can give you legal advice.
- Tell you whether or not to bring your case to court.
- Give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court.
- Recommend a lawyer, but court staff can provide information to contact a local referral service.
- Talk to a judge for you about what will happen in your case.
- Let you talk to the judge outside of court.
- Change an order issued by a judge.
Part 2: Arraignment or First Appearance in Court
- Can court staff help me?
- What should I wear to court?
- Where should I go when I arrive at the court building?
- What should I do when I enter the arraignment courtroom?
- What conduct is expected in the courtroom?
- Who are the people in the courtroom?
- What will happen at my arraignment?
- What is bail (or bond)?
- When can I first talk to my court appointed lawyer?
- Can I dispose of my case at arraignment?
- What happens when I talk to the prosecutor (during a break in my court appearance) about resolving my case?
- Can my case be continued?
- What could my punishment be?
- What happens if I am charged with a crime but I am not a United States citizen?
- What is the difference between civil infractions, misdemeanors and felonies?
- What happens if my case is not resolved at arraignment?
- What should I do before I leave court?
- Part 3: Pre-Trial, Trial and Verdict
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