Factbox-Trump’s overlapping legal and political calendars

Mar 11, 2024

(Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump faces a crowded calendar this year as the Republican campaigns to win back the White House in the U.S. election while defending himself in four criminal trials.

Here are key dates in Trump’s legal and political schedule:   


Trump is expected to clinch the Republican presidential nomination as Georgia, Mississippi, Hawaii and Washington state hold state primary elections. Rival Nikki Haley dropped out last week.


U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon holds a hearing in Florida to consider whether to dismiss the criminal case that accuses him of unlawfully keeping classified government documents after leaving office and lying to officials who sought to recover them.

Trump is arguing that he should be immune from prosecution for actions he took while in office, a claim that U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith says is “frivolous.”

It is unclear when the trial would start if Cannon, who was appointed by Trump, decides it should go forward. Smith has proposed July 8, while Trump’s lawyers have floated Aug. 12, while also arguing that the case should be delayed until after the election.


Start of a New York state criminal trial, in which Trump is accused of falsifying business records to cover up a hush-money payment to a porn star before the 2016 presidential election. 

So far, this is the only one of Trump’s four criminal cases that is guaranteed to start before the November election.


The Supreme Court holds a hearing to consider whether a man involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol can be charged with “obstructing an official proceeding.”

That could have implications for Trump, as that is one of the charges he is facing in a federal criminal case that accuses him of illegally trying to reverse his 2020 election loss.    


The Supreme Court holds a hearing to consider Trump’s claim that he can’t be prosecuted for actions he took as president.

Legal experts say the court is likely to reject his argument, but its decision to take up the matter means that the federal election-subversion case, originally scheduled for early March, now might not take place until after the election.

Experts say the Court would need to issue a decision by early June to leave enough time for the trial to wrap up before Election Day. If Trump were to win back the White House, he would have the power to end both of his federal criminal cases.

The court, which holds a 6-3 conservative majority, ruled on March 4 that states can’t bar Trump from their ballots on the grounds that he incited an insurrection by encouraging his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.


Trump’s New York criminal trial is expected to wrap up around this time.


The final Republican presidential primaries take place.


The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on Trump’s immunity claim by this point.

JULY 15-18

Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the party formally chooses its candidate. 


A trial date has not been set in a racketeering case in Georgia, in which Trump and 14 co-defendants are charged with trying to overturn his 2020 defeat in that state. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty.      

Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis has proposed an August start date and has said the trial would last until 2025.

But the state judge overseeing the case is considering whether to disqualify her for having an affair with a lawyer she hired for the case.

NOV. 5

Election Day

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker)

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