Set for Announcement Law and Legal Definition

An announcement setting is when the defense lawyer, the accused, and the assistant district attorney meet in court to discuss the case. The purpose is to decide whether the case will be dismissed or plea bargained or set for trial. There can be more than one "announcement" set, and the person accused must appear in court each time. The first announcement is generally when the person accused of a crime is asked whether or not he/she wishes to reach a plea agreement with the district attorney.