What is a status or omnibus hearing?
A status or omnibus hearing is the court proceeding where you and your lawyer will indicate whether you will either go to trial, settle the case with a plea of guilty, or ask for extra time. You may find that the courtroom is crowded when you arrive, and that you have to wait before you can meet with your court-appointed lawyer. However, no action will be taken on your case before you and your lawyer have talked.

Your lawyer might have one or more legal forms for you to read and sign. YOU MUST ATTEND YOUR STATUS HEARING.

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1. Are public defenders “real lawyers”?
2. Since you’re paid by the government the same as prosecutors, aren’t you just working together?
3. Can I call or drop by the Whatcom County Public Defender Office for some quick legal advice?
4. What is an arraignment?
5. What is a status or omnibus hearing?
6. What happens in a trial?
7. What happens in a sentencing hearing?
8. What is a bench warrant, and what can I do if I have one?
9. Why hasn’t my public defender gotten my case dropped?
10. If I have a problem with my court-appointed lawyer, how do I complain?
11. What can I do to help out my case?
12. How do I get my record vacated/sealed?