|Your Day in Court - What to Expect
Cases are usually called in the following order:
- Learn what to expect when you go to court.
- Prior to entering the courtroom, please turn off or silence your phone or pager.
- When you get to court, check in with court staff.
- Listen to instructions from court staff and from the judge. The proceedings are sound recorded, so please remain quiet until it is your time to speak.
- The judge will give an opening statement explaining court procedures, defendants' rights and penalties.
A case may be postponed to give you time to obtain representation by a private attorney or by a public defender (if you qualify) and prepare your defense. If you need a postponement, ask the court staff for assistance.
- Requests for postponements
- Uncontested motions first arraignments
- Guilty pleas
- Contested motions pleas of not guilty (with attorney)
- Pleas of not guilty (without attorney)
If your case involves a dispute between you and another person, you may be required to participate in a discussion with a mediator to attempt to settle the dispute without going in front of the judge.