Trial Procedures

If your case is scheduled for trial you will receive a written notice from the Court Clerk telling you what day and time you are to appear. You have the right to hire an attorney to represent you. An attorney will be familiar with court procedures, rules of evidence, and filing of motions on your behalf. You also have the right to represent yourself, but you will be held to the same rules of procedure and evidence as would an attorney. If you represent yourself you must understand the judge cannot help you during trial.

If you ask for a trial by jury, your case will first be scheduled for a pre-trial hearing. You may file motions to dismiss, seek discovery of the governments evidence, quash evidence (prevent certain evidence from being used), among other things. Any motion you wish to present must be put in writing, served on the State, and filed with the court seven (7) days before the pre-trial hearing. A trial date will be set at the pre-trial hearing.

Additional information about what happens at trial may be found in the attached document, Trial Procedures.