Criminal Defense: State to Produce Witnesses (or Good Address) Prior to Trial

“The law requires that each defendant have sufficient time to prepare a defense, including the opportunity to utilize available procedural discovery rules provided for that purpose. Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.220(a) (1)(i) requires the prosecution to disclose to defense counsel the “names and addresses of all persons known to the prosecutor to have information which may be relevant to the offense charged, and to any defense with respect thereto.” It necessarily follows that the trial court must allow defense counsel the time to interview these persons to properly prepare for trial. Valle v. State, 394 So. 2d 1004, 1008 (Fla. 1981) (emphasis added.) (Negative treatment on other grounds).

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