what does a pretrial court date involve?

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Criminal Law, Michigan


S.J.H., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am not an attorney in your state. However, normally a pretrial conference is where the Judge or the Judge's law secretary attempt to try and get you to settle the case. They make suggestions and often try and twist your arm into making a deal. It is also where any last minute procedural issues can be addressed and the court will answer any procedural motions or questions which pertain to the trial and will determine what issues are triable and which are not or already resolved. Also the court will determine how many witnesses the trial will have and how long it will take and then give a trial date. Very often, the pretial conference is where the cases settle because both sides realize the risks involved in rolling the dice.

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