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At the pre-trial conference, you are entitled to review a copy of the complaint(s), any written police reports or any other evidence that the state intends to use at the trial. Witnesses do not attend the pre-trial disposition conference and no testimony is taken. However, victims do have the right to be present if they request to do so.
You have a right to testify on your own behalf. You also have a Constitutional right not to testify. If you choose not to testify, your refusal cannot and will not be used against you in determining your guilt or innocence.
However, if you do choose to testify, the Prosecutor will have the right to cross-examine you. You may call witnesses to testify on your behalf.
You have the right to have the court issue subpoenas for witnesses to ensure their appearance at the trial.
An appeal bond may not be required to stay the conviction and sentence on a criminal case. This means that during the appeal process, the conviction and sentence that was entered against you is placed on hold until the Superior Court makes a decision on the case.
A memorandum is a written statement that you send to the Cottonwood Municipal Court setting forth the legal issues and legal reasons why you are appealing the judgment of the Cottonwood Municipal Court.
Once the Cottonwood Municipal Court has received both the appellate memorandum (from the party filing the appeal) and appellee memorandum (from the opposing party), the case will be forwarded to the Yavapai County Superior Court. Failure to pay any costs or fees, or to respond to any notices from the Municipal Court or Superior Court may result in your appeal being dismissed. You should read and respond to all notices received from either court.