Court Process

Stages in Criminal Court Procedure

Understanding the stages in the criminal court process in Minnesota will help a person regain control after the initial shock.  Criminal cases often begin with police investigating.  Many steps in the process may follow, but not all cases will make it to the next step.

Here is a list of stages in criminal cases, some with links to pages with more detail:

Police Investigation

Pre-charge lawyer retainer

Complaint or Indictment (Charging document)

Bail Hearing

Arraignment or First Appearance

Pre-trial Conference

Pre-trial Contested Omnibus Hearing

Jury Trial or Court Trial

Sentencing

Appellate Courts