Pretrial Activities of a Criminal Trial: Steps, Purposes & Importance


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Stacy is 17. She was arrested after destroying a neighbor's landscaping during an episode of anger. She has never been arrested before, so her attorney files a motion requesting she attend anger management classes instead of going to court for this offense. If she completes the classes, the charges will be dropped. What is Stacy's attorney suggesting for her?

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1. Which of the following is an example of a pretrial motion?

2. Two groups of attorneys are preparing for a criminal trial. They have met to exchange information about the witnesses they are going to use. The defense council has shared results from lab tests run on some mud found at the crime scene and the prosecuting attorney has provided copies of statements given by two witnesses. Which of the pretrial activities has just been described?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauge your understanding of pretrial activities in criminal cases. You will be quizzed on the pretrial stages of a criminal case.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • When an attorney is appointed for a criminal defendant
  • Pieces of discovery
  • When court diversion programs are appropriate
  • Circumstances in which high bonds will be set

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about pretrial activities in a criminal case
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding bonds
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about activities that take place before a criminal trial

Additional Learning

To learn more about pretrial activities in criminal cases, review the corresponding lesson Pretrial Activities of a Criminal Trial: Steps, Purposes & Importance. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the pretrial stages of a criminal case
  • Understand when court diversion programs would be used
  • Recognize when a high bond would be appropriate for a criminal defendant
  • Distinguish between the activities that take place before a criminal trial