After being criminally indicted in his fourth case on August 14, former President Donald Trump is now facing the prospect of being put on trial at least seven times next year, which intersects with key events on the 2024 political schedule and could clog up his campaign calendar with multiple court appearances.
If Trump has been convicted on any of the charges, the same trial dates will stay, raising new questions about the political and logistical challenges of multiple unfolding trials against the backdrop of a presidential campaign, and whether he could still clinch the GOP presidential nomination before voters learn about it.
Trump is presently confronting legal charges in four distinct states. He additionally encounters three distinct civil lawsuits.
Learn More: A Comprehensive Guide to All of Trump’s Indictments–and the Current Status of Each Case.
If it is unclear, politically hurt will be the unprecedented activity of a slew of legal actions. In the immediate aftermath of his first two indictments, Trump’s polling soared and he raised millions of dollars. Simply by taking away his attention and time, it could hurt Trump. However, Trump will likely step away from the campaign trail to stand trial, meaning defendants must be present in the courtroom during their trials, typically. If he’s convicted and retakes the Oval Office, it will open a series of unresolved constitutional and legal questions. He can still run for President under criminal charges.
Below presents a sequential order of significant dates for Trump in regard to his legal proceedings and bid for reelection, leading up to Election Day 2024.
August 3, 2023: Hearing in Washington, D.C. In January 6 incident
Trump will make his first appearance in federal court in Washington, D.C., After being indicted in Jack Smith’s special counsel investigation into his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
August 10, 2023: Initial Hearing in Florida in Confidential Records Matter
After departing from the White House, Trump will face legal proceedings in Fort Pierce, Fla. The Justice Department has accused him in a revised indictment of three more serious crimes connected to his purported mishandling of confidential files.
August 11, 2023: Hearing for a Protective Order in the January 6th Case
Trump will appear in a federal court in Washington D.C. For a hearing to address what he can publicly say about the evidence gathered in the case.
August 23, 2023: Initial Republican presidential primary debate
On the stage, there are candidates who are behind him in the polls. He has indicated that he may choose not to take part in the televised event and has raised doubts about his necessity to participate, despite the fact that Trump will be eligible for the debate.
August 25, 2023: Final Date to Turn Yourself In within Georgia
Trump is expected to surrender to Fulton County authorities in Georgia on August 25th at noon, after she was indicted for her alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia. District Attorney Willis has set this deadline for arraignment.
August 28, 2023: Court proceeding in January 6th incident
Trump will appear in federal court in Washington, D.C. Before Judge Tanya Chutkan for a hearing scheduled on January 6th.
September 6, 2023: Initial Hearing in Georgia Lawsuit
Trump’s arraignment hearing in the Georgia case, which was planned for this date, will be skipped by him after entering a plea of not guilty and submitting a waiver of arraignment. Trump is only obligated to attend the arraignments in New York and Miami, despite the fact that he has personally attended all three of his previous arraignments.
September 27, 2023: Second Republican presidential primary debate
October 2, 2023: Trial in Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against Trump Organization
The civil trial, commencing at a cost of $250 million, pertains to the lawsuit brought forth by New York Attorney General Letitia James, which accuses Trump and the Trump Organization of engaging in property valuation manipulation in order to obtain tax benefits and more favorable conditions for loans and insurance policies.
October 23, 2023: Initial hearing in Georgia lawsuit
Willis asked the judge to schedule the trial for all 19 defendants. Kenneth Chesebro, who was indicted and charged in the Georgia case, will stand trial after nearly two months. This includes Trump, who will be tried on the same date.
January 15, 2024: Court Case in E. Jean Carroll Civil Defamation Lawsuit
The civil trial of writer Jean E. Carroll’s second defamation suit accusing him of defaming her in June 2019 began when he denied raping her in a department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.
January 15, 2024: Iowa GOP caucuses
January 29, 2024: Legal proceedings in collective lawsuit against pyramid scheme
The start of the class-action lawsuit against Trump involves accusations of promoting his quick get-rich scheme, in which victims were conned out of money.
February 6, 2024: Nevada GOP primary
February 27, 2024: Michigan GOP primary
March 4, 2024: Court Hearing in federal January 6 case
The start of the criminal trial in Special Counsel Smith’s case, related to Trump’s efforts to remain in power after losing the 2020 election, is scheduled for January 2021.
March 5, 2024: Primaries on Super Tuesday
March 25, 2024: Proceedings in New York state criminal case involving secret payment
The criminal trial in Manhattan’s District Attorney’s Office accusing Trump of falsifying business records to conceal hush-money payments before the 2016 election is set to begin.
May 14, 2024: Preliminary hearing in confidential records case
Before the start of a pretrial hearing, examine the case documents classified as related matters or evidence to address any remaining issues.
May 20, 2024: Legal Proceedings in Confidential Documents Case
Initiating a criminal trial in Special Counsel Smith’s case, alleging that Trump is stockpiling confidential documents and impeding the government’s endeavors to recover them.