A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the September 2013 webcast, Criminal Practice in the General District Court.
Topics covered include:
- 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
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 through 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.