During a bond hearing, the person who was arrested is informed of the charges against them and it is determined if they are eligible for bond. This type of hearing is also called a first appearance hearing or a bail bond... More »

A bond forfeiture hearing is set when a defendant who was released on bond misses a subsequent court appearance. During this hearing, the judge determines whether or not the defendant had a valid reason for missing court... More »

What happens at a criminal court hearing depends on the type of hearing, but it can include informing the defendant of the nature of the charges, hearing pretrial motions, conducting the trial and sentencing the defendan... More »

A case review hearing is a pretrial hearing held to see if the charges against the defendant can be resolved without a trial. Case review hearings are held for any case where the defendant could be sent to prison for the... More »

A subpoena duces tecum is a type of subpoena that requires a person to bring certain documents with them to a hearing or trial, says the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. The documents to be produced can be an... More »

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The Fifth Amendment requires that a grand jury bring charges against a person who is charged with a felony in federal court and in some state courts, explains the University of Dayton School of Law. The federal court sys... More »

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The plaintiff in a court case is the person who has filed a complaint/charges against the defendant for prosecution by the courts, while the defendant is the person who is refuting the charges and is seeking to prove the... More »