Criminal Practice in the General District Court

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Wednesday, August 31, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $145

Information

Why Attend?

Get a thorough grounding in criminal practice before the General District Court, including its specialized rules, procedures, and advocacy.

  • Learn the legal framework of the District Court, and how it differs from the Circuit Court
  • Understand the opportunities and limitations of this forum
  • Get tips and learn best practices from judges and an experienced lawyer

The criminal jurisdiction of the General District Court extends to trial of all misdemeanor and traffic offenses committed within the county or city in which the court is situated. In addition, the Court holds preliminary hearings in felony cases. Criminal defense lawyers of all types, therefore, have important contacts with this Court.

Because the District Court has limited punishment powers, many attorneys believe they can just “wing it” though the process. That is a mistake! Knowledge of the specialized rules and procedures of the District Court is critical. The nature of the advocacy, too, often differs greatly from that of Circuit Court: the lawyer who doesn’t appreciate the differences may succeed, but won’t necessarily thrive.

This seminar is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in criminal practice before the General District Court. Our faculty of two highly regarded judges, and a lawyer with extensive experience in that forum, will share their insights from both sides of the bench. If you haven’t appeared before the General District Court before, you’ll be ready to do so when we’re done; if you’re already a veteran, you’ll get better. Join us for an informative two hours.

WHAT WILL BE COVERED?

  • Introduction to the General District Court
  • The Legal Framework
    • Applicable statutes
    • Court Rules—differences from Circuit Court
  • What to Expect: Arraignment; Pretrial Matters; Preliminary Hearings; Trial; Through Appeals
  • Best Practices
    • Throughout the process: client intake; motions; negotiations; use of court reporters
    • Avoiding common mistakes

This Virginia CLE® seminar is part of a recurring series on the District Court:

 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar
Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (August 31)

3:00 Criminal Practice in the General District Court
4:45 Question-and-Answer Session
5:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 2:30 p.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (September 14)

3:00 Criminal Practice in the General District Court
4:45 Question-and-Answer Session
5:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

Hon. Stephanie S. Maddox, Bedford General District Court / Bedford
Hon. Robert E. Reibach, Caroline County General District Court  / Bowling Green
Timothy C. Carwile, Allen & Carwile / Waynesboro

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