Pre-trial Status Conference
A pretrial conference, also referred to as a status conference (formally termed "the call of the list") is usually held within forty-five (45) to sixty (60) days following the formal arraignment. This hearing is important because it is often the first time the defendant and their attorney and a District Attorney will appear before the judge assigned to the case. Pretrial motions and issues are discussed at this conference and moved toward resolution.
This is also the position of the case in which a plea agreement is often discussed and reached with the District Attorney. If no plea agreement is desired or reached the defendant's case proceed to a jury or bench (judge only) trial. Depending on the development of the case, the Commonwealth or defense attorney may request a continuance of the case to postpone the trial date.