ARRAIGNMENT: An attorney may file a notice of appearance and waive the presence of the Defendant at arraignment. If an attorney waives a Defendant’s presence at arraignment, the attorney is responsible for informing the Defendant of all future court dates.
TRIAL PRIORITY: The purpose of the trial priority is to determine which cases will be set on the one-week trial calendar. Trial priority starts at 9:00 a.m. on the designated day. The Court will hear change of pleas at trial priority.
The Defendant must be personally present for the trial priority. An attorney seeking to waive the appearance of a Defendant at trial priority for extreme good cause must seek permission of the Court at least 3 business days prior to trial priority.
CONTINUANCES OF TRIAL PRIORITY AND TRIAL: Continuances are granted at the discretion of the Court. Either party may file a Motion to continue a case on the trial calendar for good cause. All Motions to continue must be e-filed at least 5 business days prior to trial priority. The Motion must contain the reason for the continuance, a statement concerning when the case will likely be resolved and must state whether the opposing party agrees or objects to the continuance. Because the case is already set for trial, any Defendant moving to continue a case off of the trial calendar, for a reason not chargeable to the State, must also include a waiver of speedy trial or a statement that speedy trial has been waived.
The moving party must also provide a proposed Order of continuance to the Court once their motion has been processed from the e-portal and has been docketed to the court file.
If both parties agree to the continuance, the Court will likely continue the case without a hearing. If the Court continues the case, the parties are excused from trial priority. The attorneys for the defense are responsible for informing their clients of any future court dates and/or the new trial priority and trial dates.
All cases not continued prior to trial priority shall remain on the trial docket and will not be continued from the trial docket without a showing of exceptional cause.