Local Criminal Rule 4.9 PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS In every criminal case, a hearing shall be held for the purpose of determining whether the parties have fully considered the possibility of disposition of the case without trial; for the purpose of entering a plea should a plea be tendered; for considering the matter of requests for continuance; and for any other appropriate matters. Such hearing shall be mandatory and the defendant's presence at such hearing shall be mandatory. The hearing shall be set on the criminal law and motion docket (2) dockets prior to the trial date. It shall be the responsibility of each defense attorney, upon receipt of the notice of the trial date, to notify the defendant of this hearing. The failure of the defendant to be present at such hearing (unless the case has been previously disposed of) will result in the revocation of bail or personal recognizance and the issuance of a bench warrant for the defendant's arrest. It may also result in the imposition of the sanctions. [Adopted Effective April 1, 1986; Amended September 1, 2009]
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