There are many types of pretrial motions that may be filed by a criminal defense attorney: motion to compel discovery (to force the prosecutor to reveal evidence); motion in limine (to get the judge to decide whether certain evidence can or cannot be admitted at trial); motion to suppress evidence (to prevent evidence from being admitted at trial because it was acquired in an unconstitutional manner); motion to dismiss (i.e., statute of limitations violated, speedy trial rights violated, law is unconstitutional, etc); etc.
Your boyfriend's lawyer likely filed some sort of motion, and a hearing has been scheduled in which the judge will decide whether or not to grant the motion.
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I agree with what Mr. Bristow said. Call the clerk's office to ask what kind of motion hearing it is, they should be able to tell you as it is a matter of public record. You should be able to attend as well.
Also, public defenders are always on their client's side. They're usually some of the best attorneys around. Remember, they're defending people like your boyfriend for a fraction of what they would be paid in the private sector. And they do it because they believe in the work.
Someone has most likely filed a motion of some kind (i.e. motion to suppress or motion to dismiss) and the court has set a hearing. This is just my guess those based on the information you provided and not having reviewed the specific docket.
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