The pretrial process while many citizens think the real action in the criminal courts happens during trials they are wrong in that assessment ninety percent of criminal cases are disposed of by guilty pleas rather than trials most of those guilty pleas are the result of agreements between prosecutors and defense attorneys. What are pre trial stages of a criminal case a criminal case consists of a number of phases from the initial arrest to sentencing and possible appeal the following is an overview of what to expect during the pre trial phase of a criminal case. Pretrial discovery can obtain evidence from the opposing party by means of discovery devices including requests for answers to interrogatories requests for production of documents requests for admissions and depositions. The pretrial stage includes conferences and motions the meeting of parties to a case conducted before trial is called a pretrial conference such meeting will be held before the trial judge or a magistrate or a judicial officer who possesses fewer judicial powers than a judge. The book book is great source for law students learning the pretrial process the language used is clear and concise and the book contains ample examples from simulated interview conversations with clients to sample pleadings
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