In the records online I notice that there is an "'event" scheduled for my son's case in a couple of weeks and it says "Disposition set and notice sent" --- does anyone know what that means? The ONLY thing that has been done so far is the attorney did his plea and asked for the discovery. The case is brand new so presumably it will take a long time to go to trial. But what does this mean? Any clues?
A disposition date may have different meanings depending on the context. In a financial context, the settlement date is the disposition date for stock and bond transactions on the stock market. The settlement date is usually three business days after the day your broker executed your sell order (trade date).
In the context of a criminal case, the disposition date is the date on which the outcome of a particular case occurred. Typically, sentencing is not included as a disposition. The disposition date is used for record-keeping purposes, but may also be a factor in penalties for subsequent offenses. Disposition dates may also be used in other contexts, such as filing of grievances.
Yeah, I just copied it But reading it I thought that it might have something to do with a due date of some sort? Like sending out a notice that they have until a certain date to send in paperwork before they move on to the next fase of the criminal case, or a due date for some other legal mambo jambo...?
It's very difficult when you can't pick up the phone and call the attorney yourself because it's your son's case but you can sit back and stress and worry and panic and drive yourself crazy over it all. If there weren't a 19-mo. old Grandson involved I think I'd look at it all a bit differently than I do. Thanks for your help.
Disposition is probably the sentencing, and the "notice" is likely asking a victim if they want to be heard.
Next best guess is that there was a ruling on an argument that was "under submission", and there's a date to rule.
Don't think it's the sentencing - I'm pretty sure he would have heard that from his attorney long before now - they just filed the actual charge less than a month ago. In FL I am pretty certain it takes several months. It sure does for traffic court. When his first case happened (also in FL) it was over a year from one end to the other. He's got a good attorney working on it so I'm trying to just let it be their issue. I'm trying not to get too anxious about it (partly too late for that but working on it). It's hard to get to the place where ya let it go and know no one can control it but the court system. Especially when there is a baby involved.
PS - there was no victim. This is a registration case. Nothing more. He used an email account two times he hadn't registered was all.
I know in GA, the final disposition is the actual sentencing paperwork... Once the plea was done and my husband went to court in front of the judge and formally accepted the plea it was all written up in a final disposition...
I know nothing about FL, but it can happen pretty quickly here... My husband was arrested in May and had bond set, reduced, plea bargains negotiated and was sentenced in September... For something a little more major than registration... We were told he would get out on bond, live free for a couple of years, then go to court... nope, 4 months and it was all done!!!!
And if the attorney already did his plea, the DA could've accepted it and they may be taking it to the judge already to get it off the calendar ASAP... They do deal with pleas pretty quickly...
disposition n. the court's final determination of a lawsuit or criminal charge.
*I found this on legal help, free dictionary and legal law... Thought it might be helpful... one of them said that the judge's ruling is often referred to as a disposition...*
Hope this helps!
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Last edited by Mommy4Two; 05-07-2009 at 08:58 PM..
So this probably makes no difference to anyone at this point but my partner finally called the Clerk of Court today with this question and it's basically a meeting between the lawyer and the judge and I guess the people that are pushing this (the state?) to see what's up with it all. To me it didn't "seem" reasonable that about 3 weeks after the attorney entered his plea that it would go too much further yet and I got zilch cooperation from my son on asking the attorney so we called ourselves so I could perhaps get some sleep. In this case it's like a check - in. My son would have the opportunity to change his plea if he wanted to also but it's not something he will probably even attend. So I guess disposition has a lot of meanings.