LFPMCLR 5.4 PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS (a) Unless the defendant pleads guilty or submits on the record at an arraignment, a pre-trial hearing (PTH) shall be held. If the defendant or defendant's counsel appears at arraignment and enters a plea of "Not Guilty", then notice shall be provided by the court at the arraignment to the defendant or defendant's counsel of the date and time of the PTH. If an attorney, pursuant to CrRLJ 4.1(d), submits a written notice of appearance, waiving arraignment and entering a plea of "Not Guilty" on behalf of a defendant, then the court clerk shall issue notice of the date and time of the PTH to defendant's counsel. (b) The defendant and all counsel must be present at the PTH. Failure of the defendant to appear at a PTH may result in the issuance of a bench warrant. (c) The PTH shall be held no later than thirty (30) days after the date of arraignment, unless a later date for the PTH is approved by the court. (September 1, 1994)
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