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Q: Disposition set for njt. What does that mean? Does that mean he has reached a plea bargain?

1 Lawyer Answer
David A. Cincotta
David A. Cincotta
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: NJT is likely short for non-jury trial. Assuming that is correct, what it means is that the case set for a trial before a judge only, where the judge will not only decide the law but also rule on the facts, weigh credibility of witnesses, etc. From what you provided, there is no indication that a plea deal has been reached. However, just because a case is set for a trial does not mean that it cannot and will not be disposed of by some other method. It could very well be the intentions of the parties to go to trial, but it could also be that the parties end up reaching an agreement by then or an essential witness does not show up and the State must dismiss the case. Also, the court minute you are reading is entered by a deputy court clerk, who likely does not know the status of any negotiations or conversations that have occurred between the prosecutor and the defendant. So, there could be a deal in the works that is just not finalized yet. If you are a victim of the crime, you can contact the DA's office for better information than what is found on the docket sheet.

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