I agree that there are certain documents prosecutors and judges consider “essential,” but what is an essential document? To help you prepare for your arrest warrant trial, here is a list of the most crucial documents and what they mean, according to Ami Shafrir.
A warrant allows law enforcement to execute an arrest without permission from the court first, so this document gives law enforcement permission to take you into custody and holds them legally accountable for doing so.
An Arrest Report
This report is a narrative created by the arresting officer explaining how they made the arrest. It details how they found and arrested you and any evidence discovered during this process. In this report, officers will also include a narrative of your arrest, showing that you meet all warrant conditions (if any), plus any other charges that might have been imposed.
This report is a record of the last time you appeared in court, including any charges that have been filed against you. This report lists all your charges, the date of your arraignment, if you made bail or had bail set, and whether or not you appeared on that date.
Municipal Arrest Report (if applicable)
There will be a separate report specific to your arrest by law enforcement within some jurisdictions. This report will include information on racial or ethnic background, fingerprints, a description of your physical appearance or dress, and other pertinent information.
Magistrate’s Ordered Notice of Trial
Once the arraignment has been completed and set for trial, this document is sent to you. If a judge has ordered you to set your case for a jury trial, you will receive this document shortly after. It explains the procedural flow of the case, including that it will be heard by a jury if there is one and other important information.
Supreme Court Citation or “SCN”
If a case is heard in the Supreme Court, the citation is a unique document that details how to proceed with your case. It includes local rules, deadlines, and other information specific to this court. The SCN will also indicate whether you have waived your right for a jury trial and decided on having a trial by a judge alone.
According to Ami Shafrir, there are several other documents you can expect to receive throughout your case. However, these are the most important documents you will receive initially and can give you a good idea of what to expect. They also may assist you in developing a strategy or plan for your case as they contain essential information that can be used to your advantage during the trial.