Donald Trump’s 2024 calendar is quickly booking up with court dates corresponding to his plentiful criminal indictments and civil lawsuits.
The ex-president and his legal team are preparing for a busy year ahead as they attempt to juggle the many trial dates while Mr Trump continues his campaign for 2024 president.
So far, Mr Trump has been criminally indicted four times – two of which are on the federal level and two are on the state level. This is on top of two civil lawsuits the ex-president is involved in New York City.
Though Mr Trump’s legal team has continuously pushed judges to delay trial dates until after the 2024 election, nearly all of the dates for his criminal indictments have been set for next spring.
Here are the trial dates for Mr Trump thus far.
2 October 2023 – Trump Organization civil suit trial begins
In a civil lawsuit brought forth by New York attorney general Letitia James, Mr Trump and his company, The Trump Organization, are accused of making false or misleading values of assets on financial statements.
This trial, overseen by Justice Arthur Engoron in New York City.
15 January 2024 – E Jean Carroll’s civil lawsuit against Trump
Mr Trump is set to go to trial, again, against E Jean Carroll early next year.
This time, the case will only pertain to Ms Carroll’s allegations that Mr Trump defamed her in 2019 after she came forward with accusations of rape.
Judge Lewis Kaplan will be presiding over the case set to take place in New York City.
US magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll departs the Manhattan Federal Court in New York City— (AFP/Getty)
4 March 2024 – Federal election interference trial begins
This trial pertains to the four federal criminal counts Mr Trump was charged with regarding his alleged involvement in trying to overturn the 2020 election results and subsequent January 6 insurrection.
Mr Trump is charged with conspiracy to defraud the US, obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights. The ex-president had pled not guilty to the charges.
The case was brought forth by special counsel Jack Smith after a years-long investigation into the attack on the Capitol which was fuelled by the ex-president’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Donald Trump claimed he witnessed “filth” and “decay” in Washington DC after his arraignment on 3 August— (Getty Images)
25 March 2024 – Hush-money payment trial begins
In April, Mr Trump became the first sitting or former president to be criminally indicted after being charged with 34 counts pertaining to falsifying business records in Manhattan criminal court.
The charges stem from an investigation by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg that alleges Mr Trump tried to cover up hush money payments that he made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016 to silence her claims of an extramarital affair.
At his arraignment, Mr Trump pled not guilty to all 34 charges.
Judge Juan Merchan is presiding over this case in New York City.
Former President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his legal team in a Manhattan court, April 4, 2023, in New York— (AP)
20 May 2024 – Federal classified documents trial begins
The ex-president was criminally indicted at the federal level again in June, this time for his alleged mishandling of sensitive government documents that Mr Trump took with him to his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida after leaving the White House in 2021.
Mr Trump was initially charged on 37 criminal counts including violating a section of the Espionage Act for allegedly unlawfully retaining top-secret documents that contained national security information.
Three more charges were added to the initial counts in a superseding indictment. Mr Trump pled not guilty to all 40 charges in total.
Mr Trump was indicted alongside two of his former aides.
Judge Aileen Cannon is presiding over this case in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Former US president Donald Trump arrives to speak during a press conference following his court appearance over an alleged 'hush-money' payment, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 4, 2023— (AFP via Getty Images)
? - Georgia election case
The ex-president was charged with violating the RICO Act along with 12 other charges.
A trial date has not been set yet. Mr Trump and his co-defendants had been expected in court on 6 September for their arraignment before Judge Scott McAfee.
However, on 31 August, Mr Trump pleaded not guilty to the charges and waived his arraignment – a move that means he can now avoid what was expected to be his first televised court hearing.