Legal Glossary: Pretrial Conference

The purpose is to have an informal discussion with the District Attorney and Judge off the record. This is usually the second court setting after the arraignment or entering a not-guilty plea. This involves two parts: 1. A discussion of the case and any missing evidence which takes place without the client in the judge’s chambers, and 2. The reading into the record and setting or confirming future dates on calendar. There can be multiple PTC’s. These are a normal part of a misdemeanor case.

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