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Everyone knows that lawyers present evidence at criminal trials. But trials are rare and the vast majority of court hearings happen before the trial itself. Often a defendant wants to introduce exhibits to bolster his argument during any number of possible pretrial hearings–58A hearings, probation revocation hearings, bail revocation hearings etc.

To submit exhibits or other evidence at such hearings, the defendant should prepare a “notice of exhibits.” This document should list the exhibits that will be presented at the hearing. Both the “notice of exhibits” and copies the exhibits themselves should be given to the opposing side (e.g., the district attorney, the probation officer, etc.) and to the clerk’s office well before the hearing date.