This is the first time the defendant makes a court appearance. At this hearing, the judge will ask the defendant if he or she is pleading guilty or not guilty to the charges and the parties exchange information about the case.
Most felony cases are set in Early Disposition Court (EDC) after felony charges are filed. In EDC, the defendant has an opportunity to review the police reports in the case, discuss the case with their defense attorney, and evaluate any plea offer the State may of made. The defendant can either accept the State’s plea agreement, set a preliminary hearing or continue the case to have more time to review the information in the case.