First of all, if you are criminal defendant, you should never miss court. Your failure to appear will likely result in a warrant and/or judgment issued against you. You might also miss an opportunity to have your attorney get something accomplished on your behalf.
But that is not what I am writing about today.
I saw this happen earlier this morning in Chicago’s Traffic Court.
A judge was going through her morning trial call to see which cases would be ready for trial.
A case was called that had been set for trial. The defendant had not yet appeared. It was 10:00 a.m. and the case had been scheduled for 9:00. The case was stricken from the trial call and was passed for the “no-show” or “warrant call.” Had the defendant been there, the state would not have been able to answer ready for trial, because their arresting officer had…
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