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Distinction From Initial Appearance And Gerstein Probable Cause Proceeding, Distinction From Other Pretrial Proceedings, Purpose Of Arraignment

The term "arraignment" refers to the formal proceeding at which an accused is brought before the court to answer a criminal charge contained in an indictment or information. At arraignment, the presiding judicial officer informs the accused of the offense charged in the indictment or information and asks how the accused would like to plead. In most jurisdictions, this will result in a plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere.


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