Media Center

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Testify this Morning Before Lawmakers About Preliminary Hearing Legislation


“The preliminary hearing has outlived its original intent and utility in criminal procedure,” Attorney General Van Hollen says.


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will testify this morning, Wednesday, February 8, 2012, before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government Operations regarding Senate Bill 399. The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Attorney General's testimony expected to be between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. in 201 Southeast State Capitol.


“After 30 years of discussion, there is now a bill before the legislature to modify, and upon further consideration and modification I hope, eliminate the preliminary hearing,” Attorney General Van Hollen says.


In addition to prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates, Committee members also will hear from Julie Schebig, who is a survivor of domestic violence. In August of 2009, Schebig was attacked by her then-estranged husband. Schebig will testify about the impact on victims of having to face their alleged attacker at a preliminary hearing, sometimes scheduled within days or weeks of the incident.


Text of Senate Bill 399 is available at the following link: