What is an Omnibus Hearing?
Before a felony cases is set for trial in the Mohave County Superior Court, the Court sets a hearing that's called an Omnibus Hearing to determine what issues remain in the case or need to be litigated and determined before a criminal trial begins.
An Omnibus Hearing is another status hearing in a criminal case. All the parties in an omnibus hearing have to fill out what's called an Omnibus Hearing Form.
An Omnibus Hearing Form is basically a checklist of items that the Court wants to know about. The Court needs to know if there's any issues with discovery and any issues—any pretrial motions that are going to be filed in the case.
At the Omnibus Hearing, an Omnibus Form is presented the Judge. The Omnibus Form will have the issues of discovery that might remain in the case—parties might want disclosure of lab reports or the criminal history of the witnesses that might testify at trial or maybe there is some missing evidence that the prosecutor hasn't given them yet. Then, the parties also have to let the Judge know if there's any motions that are anticipated.
Sometimes there's motions to add aggravating factors or allegations. The defense might file a motion to suppress the evidence or file a motion to suppress a confession. The Judge has to set these motions for hearings.
Before a trial is set, the Judge wants to know if these potential issues are—exist in the case. And, the Judge would usually, at the Omnibus Hearing, either set the case for trial, a couple of months after the Omnibus Hearing or could set the case for another status hearing to see if any of the issues that were raised in the Omnibus Hearing have been resolved.