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:
Pre-charge lawyer retainer
Complaint or Indictment (Charging document)
Arraignment or First Appearance
Pre-trial Contested Omnibus Hearing
Jury Trial or Court Trial