Homeless Court – Craig Wismer / Peoria Times
May 19th, 2015 – Homeless Court. The subject matter of this column isn’t about a court without a home. Rather it will describe some challenges homeless individuals face interacting with courts and other parties within the legal system, and one particular remedy that some judges have embraced as a solution that can be mutually acceptable to everyone involved.
Individuals may have a need to interact with a court at one of two points in time: pre- or post-adjudication of criminal charges. In the pre-adjudication scenario, the defendant may have yet to appear for his or her Arraignment Proceeding or, once having entered a plea of not guilty, will in the future need to show-up for one or more meetings with the Prosecutor and possibly the Public Defender in what are called Pretrial Conferences. They may also need to attend a trial. In the post-adjudication scenario, a judge has already imposed a criminal sentence that may involve a monetary fine..
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