Criminal Law And The Pretrial Conference

 hearings are scheduled days and weeks before the commencement
 of trial. These proceedings are used by the lawyers and trial judge 
to review all outstanding trial issues.

evidence and witness lists are exchanged. Motions and arguments are 
made and outstanding procedural issues will be resolved. The goal here is to get ready for trial.

 conferences are also used to negotiate a plea bargain.
The prosecutor might give the defense lawyer a better
 offer if his or her client is willing to plead now. The
 defense lawyer may present counteroffers for the prosecution
to consider. All the pretrial issues that need to be resolved
before trial are settled here.

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