The arraignment date is the first time that a criminal defendant appears in court. The arraignment is for the purpose of reading the charges and determining what the defendant would like to do with his or her case. The case cannot be disposed of on this date unless the criminal defendant agrees to do so. If another court date is set, it likely to be for a pre-trial conference.
Part 1: Before Arraignment
- What happens if I am arrested?
- What are my rights?
- Can I be released after I am booked at the police station?
- What happens if I receive a complaint and notice of criminal charges and a date to appear in court in the mail (and I am not arrested)?
- What is a show cause hearing?
- What is the difference between criminal charges in superior court and criminal charges in district court?
- What is an arraignment date?
- What should I do before I go to court?
- Part 2: Arraignment or First Appearance in Court