Generally, either the case is resolved or the case is prepared for trial. If you want to resolve the case, the process is the same as set out in the discussion about arraignment. If you want to go to trial and you do not have a lawyer, you must file a waiver of counsel form . If you filed one at arraignment you do not need to file another. You will then speak to the prosecutor to try to resolve your case.
You, or your lawyer, and the prosecutor exchange information about the case. This is called "discovery". During the pre-trial conference either side can file or set a date for filing motions, including a motion to dismiss the complaint or to prevent certain evidence from being used at trial.
A Pre-Trial Conference Report must be signed by both sides, submitted to the judge, and signed by the judge.
The next court date scheduled may be for motions or trial or both.
Part 3: Pre-Trial, Trial and Verdict
- What is a pre-trial conference date?
- What occurs at a pre-trial conference?
- How soon must a trial take place?
- How are cases decided at a trial?
- What happens at trial?
- What is a verdict?
- Can I appeal a guilty verdict?
- Can I appeal from a guilty plea?
- What happens if I do not go to court?
- What should I do if I miss a probation appointment?
- How can I get help if I am a victim of a crime?
- Where can I get help if I am a criminal defendant?
- More information on the criminal process