our attorney represented a possible witness against us, so he withdrew a week before final pretrial. Our attorney was court appointed. will the court appoint another in his place and will this postpone trial dates?
The answers to both your questions are up to the judge in the case. Presumably, if you still qualify (on financial grounds) for a court appointed attorney, I don't see why you couldn't get another court appointed attorney. Since it sounds like your attorney's withdrawal was mandatory (e.g. conflict of interest), I suspect the judge would be inclined to post-pone trial to allow another attorney to get up to speed, it will depend on how quickly a new attorney is assigned and how far out is the trial date. Both your questions are up to the judge's discretion.
If this is in a criminal case, the court will appoint a different attorney and give that attorney time to prepare for the trial with you.
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Did attorney file motion to withdraw and court has already granted? An attorney can move to withdraw for numerous reasons, sometimes it is over fees and payment or conflict as stated on these facts. The Court should have required both you and the moving attorney to be present at any hearing on the matter, specifically because time is of the essence with upcoming final pretrial dates and deadlines. Court would then examine many factors at its discretion, balancing the attorney's right withdraw for conflict from prior representation and possible harm and prejudice to client's interests - with pretrial dates so near. If they - Court - did not do so already, the Court will appoint another attorney in his place and determine whether or not to postpone trial dates at you or your new attorney's request.
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