LCrRLJ 4.5 Pre-Trial Conference (a) Date set at arraignment. When a plea of not guilty is entered, the court shall set a time for a pre-trial conference, approximately 30 days after the arraignment. (b) Mandatory Appearance. All parties and their attorneys shall be present at the pre-trial hearing. Failure of a defendant to attend the pre-trial conference may result in the issuance of a bench warrant, the forfeiture of any bond, bail or other security posted by or on behalf of the defendant, and the striking of the trial date from the trial calendar. (c) Discovery Complete. By the time of the pre-trial hearing, the parties should have completed discovery and concluded plea negotiations. (d) Pre-trial Motions. All pre-trial motions (including Petitions for Deferred Prosecution) other than motions in limine, must be noted at the pre- trial hearing. The court will set a time for a hearing on the motions and set a briefing schedule. The motions must be made in writing accordance with the briefing schedule, with a memorandum of authorities, and, where appropriate, an affidavit setting forth the specific facts the party expects to elicit at the hearing. (e) Jury Trial. The Trial Readiness Hearing and the Jury Trial will be confirmed at this time. [Adopted effective September 1, 2011]
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