What is the purpose of pretrial hearing?
As previously discussed, the purpose of a pretrial hearing is to resolve any simple issues before the court case actually begins in order to allow the trial itself to proceed more effectively.
Can a case be dismissed at a pretrial?
A pretrial motion is a request of the judge made before trial; the lawyer asks the judge to make a particular ruling on some aspect of the case. But, whereas the prosecution can't appeal an acquittal by a jury, it's normally allowed to challenge a judge's granting of a pretrial motion to dismiss.
How long does pretrial hearing last?
two hoursA typical prelim may take from a half hour to two hours, and some prelims only last a few minutes. Preliminary hearings are conducted in front of a judge alone, without a jury. Trials can also be conducted by judges alone, when the defendant waives the right to a jury, but prelims never involve a jury.
Can you go to jail at a pretrial hearing?
Yes, a person can be arrested at a pre-trial hearing, but there has to be a valid reason to do so.