Rule 8 (Effective September 1, 1999, CrRLJ 3.3 and 3.4) PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS A. Hearings: All cases scheduled for a jury trial shall be set for a pre-trial hearing not less than two weeks prior to the trial. The City Attorney, the defendant and the defense attorney, if any, shall attend the hearing. If a defendant not represented by counsel fails to appear for the hearing, a warrant for his or her arrest shall issue, and the jury trial setting stricken, If a defendant represented by counsel fails to appear, a warrant for the defendant's arrest may issue, and the jury trial setting may be stricken. In any case where a defendant fails to appear for the hearing, the period of time from that hearing to the defendant's next personal appearance in Court shall not be included in any speedy trial time limitation requirements. B. Motions: All amendments to the charges, pleas or other motions shall be heard at the pre-trial hearing. The Court in its notification of trial date shall set the date upon which all motions shall be scheduled, generally the pre-trial hearing immediately prior to the scheduled trial date. Motions may not be considered at the time of trial unless they have been raised at the pre-trial hearing, or the Court, on its own motion, continues a matter to the time of trial. The party requiring the attendance of a witness at the pre-trial hearing shall be responsible for subpoenas of such witness except that the City Attorney shall subpoena necessary witnesses for a CrRLJ 3.5 hearing if the defendant or his attorney has requested in writing such attendance.
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