How often do I need to come to court once the case is filed?

The only court setting where a victim is required to appear is in the event a case proceeds to trial or a hearing and the victim’s testimony is necessary for the State of Texas to prove its case. All other court appearances are discretionary. In most cases, a regular docket setting is rather uneventful. Oftentimes, the prosecutor and the defense attorney have out of court discussions, while they attempt to resolve the case, and the court settings are more administrative than substantive. The dynamic should not be construed as nothing is happening with the case, but rather that both sides are waiting on information from one another, or attempting to gather additional facts for their position to ultimately help resolve the case. In cases involving lab results, such as DNA or drug testing, obtaining the results may take several months, and therefore, court settings will continue to be reset until the results are returned. The best course of action is for a victim to regularly consult with the Victim Assistance Coordinator for updated information on when it is informative and necessary to attend court settings.

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1. Do I need an attorney to represent my interests?
2. What is a Victim Assistance Coordinator?
3. How can I be notified if the accused is released from jail?
4. What if someone threatens me?
5. What is a victim impact statement?
6. What is the right of allocution?
7. It has been months since I was victimized and my case still has not gone to court. What is the hold up?
8. How often do I need to come to court once the case is filed?
9. What is the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program?
10. Can I have my property returned?
11. Where is the Parker County Attorney’s Office located?
12. How do I find out when a case is set in court?
13. Where can I find inmate information?
14. Where is the courthouse located?