The status conference hearing is held prior to trial. At this hearing, the Defendant is required to appear in Court to advise the Judge whether or not he or she is ready for trial. The Defendant may also announce that he or she wishes to enter a plea. Finally, the Defendant may request a continuance if he or she is not ready for trial.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE PRESENT AT THE STATUS CONFERENCE. HOWEVER, YOUR PRESENCE IS NOT REQUIRED.
Depending on the case, a status conference is usually a time where the defense attorney, prosecutor, and sometimes judge meet to discuss the disposition of a case. This often occurs later in the pretrial phase and is meant to acheive a plea bargain in the case as opposed to setting it for trial.
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The status of the case is discussed, ie whether it is ready to be set on the trial calendar.
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