LCrRLJ 5.1 PRE-JURY TRIAL HEARING In every criminal case in which the defendant has not waived a jury trial, the clerk shall set a pre-trial hearing. The purpose of the hearing is for the presentation and setting of motions, an opportunity for plea negotiations between the parties, and the setting of dates for a readiness hearing and the jury trial. Discovery should be completed by the pre-trial hearing. See CrRLJ 3.5, and CrRLJ 3.6 for motions practice and procedure. The defendant and counsel are required to attend pre-trial hearing unless excused by the court. Failure to attend any pre-trial hearing may result in the issuance of a bench warrant and forfeiture of any bail/bond.
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