Omnibus is an administrative, pretrial hearing that is scheduled after arraignment.
The court schedules a series of omnibus hearings to track the case. In these hearings, the judge checks-in with the attorneys about their readiness to go to trial or resolve the case by a plea. It is common for multiple omnibus hearings to occur. This stage of the criminal process can last between weeks or months, depending on the complexity of the case.
Victims and omnibus hearings
There is no need for victims or witnesses to attend omnibus hearings.
If the case is set for trial or for a plea, victims will be notified by a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), by a paralegal, or an advocate.
Call the Victim Assistance Unit at the Kent jail, the Seattle jail, or the Juvenile detention center to check the status of a case.
- Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) in Kent: 206-477-3757
- King County Corrections Facility (KCCF) in Seattle: 206-477-3743
- Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center: 206-477-3035