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What can I expect during court?

Arraignment:

A tape of your constitutional rights will be played before session starts or you will be asked to sign a form that describes your constitutional rights. The judge or court clerk will usually start the hearing with explanation of what will happen during the hearing. This information can include:
  • Your plea options
  • What the different pleas mean
  • Your traffic school options
  • Fine payment arrangements

The judge or clerk may call roll to find out who is present for their hearing. Cases may not be heard in the order listed on the court calendar so you should remain in the courtroom to wait your turn. The judge may call a group of names. You should follow the instructions given by the judge or the court clerk about where to stand and how to proceed.

When the judge is ready to hear your case, your name will be called. When you are asked to speak, you should:
  • Be truthful
  • Control your feelings
  • Be respectful of the court
  • Politely ask the judge to explain if you do not understand a question or comments

Summary and Court trial:

You and parties to other cases will be asked to take an oath to tell the truth. The first cases heard may be those where the defendant is not present since they will usually take less time. Cases may not be heard in the order listed on the court calendar so you should remain in the courtroom to wait your turn.

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