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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 2:00p.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).  Send to:     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