what is a status hearing

My son was arrested june 12th on multiple charges stemming from aggravated assault to gun charges receiving stolen props. There has been two court dates both times the commonwealth asked for continuances first time the victim was a no show second time was for further investigation. The crimes which happened two different days apparently happened last year. His next court date was cancelled and rescheduled for a status hearing. What is a status hearing?

Asked on September 12, 2017 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania


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Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A status hearing in a criminal case is when the prosecutor and defense attorney appear in court to discuss issues such as discovery, scheduling hearings on motions, setting a trial date, possibly considering a plea bargain, etc.  The status of the case is what is discussed with regard to these matters.

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