What is a dispositional hearing?

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What is a dispositional hearing?

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When you are not entitled to a preliminary hearing, you will receive a dispositional hearing. The purpose of a dispositional hearing is for your lawyer to speak to the District Attorney to see if a disposition can be reached short of trial.

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A hearing held to review and determine all possible alternatives and imposing sanctions (i.e., consequences). Also known as a sentencing hearing in adult court.

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At a Dispositional Hearing in a Juvenile Dependency case the Court will decide on a reunification plan for the parents/guardians and decide where the minor will be placed. In Juvenile Delinquency cases the Dispositional Hearing is equivalent to a sentencing hearing in Adult Court where the minor is usually placed on probation.