Hello again, and thank you for your recent positive rating to my earlier response.Question
: How long does a sentencing last?
A typical lawyerly answer: it just depends. A lot of factors go into the length of a sentencing hearing. Some hearings are very short, some could take hours. Factors that influence the length of the hearing include the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses, the number of documents or other evidence to be considered, and how the court
schedules its cases.
For example, if a case has many victims and each wish to testify, or if the defendant calls numerous witnesses to testify on his behalf, etc., then obviously the hearing will take longer. Sometimes, the defendant just makes a brief statement, the lawyers argue to the judge about the proper sentence
for a few minutes, and then the defendant is sentenced. The longest one I have ever done took just under an hour. The shortest would probably be 10 to 15 minutes.
It also depends on how this court schedules its docket. A docket is the list of cases to be heard in a given day. Some courts schedule cases individually, and some have what is often referred to as a "cattle call" docket. For courts that use individual scheduling, if DeMonta's hearing is scheduled for 9:15 and the next hearing is scheduled for 9:30, then he's got 15 minutes max. On the other hand, if the court uses the "cattle call" method, everyone shows up at the given time (say, 9:00 A.M.) and there's no telling who will be first, and who will be last. I have sat in court before waiting on a single case for HOURS; sometimes I am in and out in 15 minutes.
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