How often will I have to appear in court?
Each case that comes through the court is different. There are a few different ways that a case can go. The arraignment is the first step in the court process. At the arraignment, the defendant will enter a guilty, not guilty, or no contest plea. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the case will be scheduled for either a trial or a pre-trial. A pre-trial is a meeting between the defendant (or his/her attorney) and the prosecutor. Your advocate is present during the pre-trial. You do not have to appear at the pre-trial. It is one of your rights, however, to be present at all court hearings. If you choose not to appear at the pre-trial, you will want to let your advocate know.

A pre-trial session may be able to be held over the phone with you. If your case is scheduled for a trial, most likely you will be required to appear in court, and you will be notified with a subpoena. You will be notified each time you are needed, and whenever possible, if the case has been delayed or canceled. It is very important for the Court and the Victim Assistance Program to have your current address and phone number.

Show All Answers

1. How often will I have to appear in court?
2. What if court dates conflict with my job?
3. Everyone seems focused on the rights of the defendant.
4. What if the defendant’s attorney wants to talk to me?
5. What should I wear?
6. Why have I been given a subpoena?
7. What is expected of me as a witness?
8. Where do I go?
9. Do I have to bring anything along?
10. Who will be asking me questions during the trial?
11. What will happen when the defense attorney questions me during the trial?
12. Why are there delays in holding the trial?
13. How long will the trial take?
14. What should I wear?
15. What is a Victim Impact Statement?