The judge will explain your rights and options in court. You will have the opportunity to talk with the prosecutor to see if a plea bargain is available. You are not required to talk to the prosecutor as you have the right to remain silent. The judge will be asking you for a plea of either guilty, no contest or not guilty. All individuals who plead not guilty are required to attend a pre-trial conference.
If you need to request a continuance to have your case re-set to another date, you must put the request in writing stating the reason for the continuance and mail, fax or deliver the request to the court. The request will be submitted to the judge to determine if your continuance will be granted. If you do not submit your request in writing according to the schedule noted below, your request will not be granted.
No Plea Bargains Will Be Offered The Day Of Trial.
A trial in municipal court is a fair, impartial and public trial as in any other court. You have the following rights in court:
(See other side for Rules of Attire and Conduct in Court)
GENERAL RULES OF ATTIRE AND CONDUCT IN COURT
ALL PEOPLE IN THE COURTROOM MUST BE DRESSED
APPROPRIATELY AND RESPECTFULLY.
UNACCEPTABLE ATTIRE INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
If you are not dressed appropriately, you will be asked to leave. You will be rescheduled for another court appearance and directed to dress appropriately.
CONDUCT IN COURT:
Pro se parties (individuals representing themselves without an attorney) should be prepared to present their cases in a proper manner. The Court cannot protect or represent you, nor may the Court instruct you on proper court procedure, evidence, rules, or how to present and prove your case. If you are unprepared, unaware, unknowledgeable about how to present your case, you may lose.
10. Do not approach the Judge’s bench or Clerk’s desk without permission. Remain one foot from the Judge’s bench. Do not rest arms or hands on the bench.
11. Leave all purses, bags, brief cases and other similar items, at the defense table when you are called to the Judge’s bench.
12. Have all paperwork, Driver’s License, Insurance, evidence and similar items ready when called to approach the Judge’s bench.
13. Rise when the Judge enters and remain standing until the Judge or Bailiff announces, “Be seated,” or until the Judge is seated. Rise when the Judge exits the courtroom.
14. No food or drinks are allowed in the courtroom.
MUTE ALL PHONES AND PAGERS WHILE IN THE COURTOOM. NO PHONE CALLS ALLOWED IN THE COURTOOM.