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"Speedy Trial"

A statutory deadline within which defendants must be brought to trial or their charge will be dismissed. For defendants held in jail, the time period is 5 months; for defendants on bond, the limit is 9 months. There are numerous circumstances which can result in a longer period, such as a continuance at the defendant?s request or illness of a witness.

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