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Posts made in October, 2011

By on Oct 19, 2011 in Civil, Court, Criminal, Negotiation, Noah Weil, Procedure | 0 comments

In part one I discussed the non-court activities a lawyer like me does in an average day. Today I’m going to talk about the flipside, reasons I may find myself in court. Trial The classic “court” experience. I was asked recently how often I go to trial. The answer was, of course, “it depends.” The average I suppose is 1-2 times a month, but really it can vary. Suffice to say, trial is a legitimate reason to be in court. But trial is really only one of a number of reasons I can be in court. Hearings A hearing is a court appearance where one or both sides in a matter are “heard” by a judge. These are not trials because there’s no factual issue being litigating, e.g. whether someone is guilty. Rather they exist to facilitate the process to get to that factual inquiry. The term hearing is always modified by an adjective, e.g. a “pre-trial hearing.” In other words, there’s no such thing as a naked hearing. There’s a reason everyone is getting together in court, even if that reason is that it’s a scheduled time to discuss the issues in the case. Arraignment I’ve discussed the arraignment process previously. Briefly, it’s the hearing where a defendants enters a plea of guilty or not guilty. It’s a critical stage of the proceedings and everyone is entitled to an attorney at arraignment. Pre-Trial This is the very broad category of preliminary hearings to discuss issues with the case. Informally, the attorneys will use the face-to-face time to negotiate. Formally, the parties may go on the record to file or discuss motions, discuss bail, or discuss discovery issues, or anything else that may have arisen in the course of the case. The finale of this hearing is determining where the case is going next. If the parties reached a resolution, either a plea or a settlement or dismissal, that can be put on the record to resolve the case. If the parties want another pre-trial hearing, they will move for a continuance. This maintains the status quo and brings everyone back in 30 days or so. Finally if the parties are ready to go to the trial phase, there...

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By on Oct 6, 2011 in Court, Criminal, DUI, Funny | 0 comments

I don’t usually link to competitor websites but this was too important not to share. P.S. Washington does not do sobriety check points. That’s not the only problem…!

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