Bail can be requested at arraignment, reviewed within 5 days, a new motion made at the arraignment on the information for felonies and with two days notice upon a showing of a change in circumstances, before conviction. I cannot tell if bail has been set or not but he may have other opportunities to raise this issue.
Bail motions can be heard at the beginning of the case, and later upon a change of circumstances with two days notice. I practice in Madera, too and it does seem as though court staff have great familiarity with each other; while its not always a bad thing (the town is small, familiarity is inevitable) I can imagine its difficult to see everyone laughing about an issue that's so important to a defendant and his/her family. If you're unhappy with your public defender, you may consider hiring your own attorney. If not, the court will eventually appoint a new attorney and you can raise the issue with them. Good luck.
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1 Bail hearings can be renewed at various times in the action.
2 What witnesses to call is the attorney's decision.
3 If someone is dissatisfied with appointed counsel, they can ask the court to relieve that person. The burden is usually on the defendant at that hearing. Other than that, he or she can retain counsel.
4 In small jurisdictions, everyone in bench & bar get to know each other, and are usually civil. This does not mean that they do not do their jobs.