Criminal Division Presiding Judge Protocols

The following new protocols were implemented in Criminal Division Presiding Judge (Effective June 1, 2015)
  • Trial dates: If the case is more than 240 days old, and parties are asking for a continuance, Criminal Administration (CrA) is not authorized to provide a trial date. Parties must report to CDPJ and discuss with CDPJ.
  • If the case is more than 150 days old, and parties are asking for a new Omnibus Hearing date, CrA is not authorized to provide a new Omnibus date if one has not previously been held. Parties must report to CDPJ and discuss with CDPJ.
  • CrA is authorized to schedule pleas, drug court screenings and motions regardless of the case age.
  • Post-conviction hearings - CrA is authorized to schedule post-conviction hearings regardless of the case age.
  • These protocols do not apply to SAU/TU1 or standard pre-assigned cases.
  • If there is ever a question about scheduling, parties should report to CDPJ to discuss with CDPJ.
Trial Readiness Information:
Please remember to submit your trial readiness information by 2:00 p.m. the day before trial. This information is critical in planning trial assignments, as well as reducing our juror burn rate (and saving county a lot of money). Email your trial readiness. If court staff have to look for attorneys to retrieve this information, it delays getting trials out and departments remain open while waiting for a case. If the matter is ready for trial, please include the estimated length and any potential scheduling issues. Any questions, please contact the Criminal Court Case Coordinator (CCCC) Sara Hamilton at 253.798-3305