SCLCrRLJ 4.5.1 TRIAL READINESS HEARING (a) All cases shall be set for a trial readiness hearing at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled trial week. Defendant, defense attorney, and the prosecuting attorney are required to attend the trial readiness hearing. If the defendant fails to appear, a warrant for the arrest of the defendant may be issued. If the prosecuting attorney or the defense attorney fails to appear for the trial readiness hearing without a prior showing of good cause, the court may impose terms. (b) Any additional amendments to the charge(s), negotiated pleas, alternate dispositions, continuances, etc. shall be made at the trial readiness hearing. (c) At the trial readiness hearing, the court shall set the actual trial date. (d) After the trial readiness hearing and setting of the trial date, no negotiated pleas or alternative dispositions will be entered without a showing of good cause. Without a showing of good cause the matter will proceed to trial as charged, or the defendant may enter a plea to the crime as charged, or the case dismissed by the prosecuting attorney.
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