If a continued without a finding case is dismissed, does the defendant have to sign and/or is given paperwork?

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If a continued without a finding case is dismissed, does the defendant have to sign and/or is given paperwork?

My boyfriend is telling me that his continued without a finding case against him was dismissed. However, he’s telling me that he wasn’t given any paperwork to take home that proves that his case was dismissed on the day he said. Is that possible? To have your criminal case dismissed but not be given any paperwork after?

Asked on May 31, 2019 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is possible. Not all judges issue paperwork (typically in the form of Orders) putting the disposition of a case in writing. Sometimes, they only do it "orally" or "on the record"--that is, the say outloud what was done, where it is recorded (or transcribed by a court reporter, if the court is still using court reporters, not recording): but because it was a pronouncement by a judge in court, it is official. Call the court: they will have a record of the status/outcome and can confirm it to you (you might have to go into the court in person to find out--it depends on that court's procedures, but call first to see if you need to).


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