How are arraignments conducted? What is the law on arraignments?


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The law governing arraignments is in the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) and differs for Local Criminal Courts and Superior Courts. Also review CPL Art 510 .

The definition of arraignment: CPL 1.20 (9.) “Arraignment” means the occasion upon which a defendant against whom an accusatory instrument has been filed appears before the court in which the criminal action is pending for the purpose of having such court acquire and exercise control over his person with respect to such accusatory instrument and of setting the course of further proceedings in the action.

Local  Criminal Court --

  • CPL 110.10 Methods of Requiring Defendant's Appearance in Local Criminal Court or Youth Part of the Superior Court for Arraignment; in General
  • CPL 110.20 Local Criminal Court or Youth Part of the Superior Court Accusatory Instruments; Notice Thereof to District Attorney
  • CPL 180.10 Proceedings upon Felony Complaint; Arraignment; Defendant's Rights, Court's Instructions and Bail Matters 

Superior Court --

  • CPL 210.10 Requirement of and methods of securing defendant's appearance for arraignment upon indictment
  • CPL 210.15 Arraignment upon indictment; defendants rights, court's instructions and bail matters

Miscellaneous Procedures

  • CPL 510.10 Securing attendance of defendants; in general



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