Q: Does a lawyer have to file a notice of appearance before a court date?
Can someone just show up to court with a lawyer that they previously did not have?
Basically you can hire counsel as long as you find one who will take your case. Occasionally counsel is brought in late in the proceedings and asks for a Continuance which the Court can allow. This may be the concern you have- delay of the proceedings. Occasionally counsel brought in may have a prior association with the Judge so that there could be a recusal and hence delay in obtaining another judge.
Also, if a Trial has already started, then the Court would need to agree to the substitution of counsel. This may also involve continuance requests.
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