arraign

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arraign

v. to bring a criminal defendant before the court at which time the charges are presented to him/her, the opportunity to enter a plea (or ask for a continuance to plead) is given, a determination of whether the party has a lawyer is made (or whether a lawyer needs to be appointed), if necessary setting the amount of bail, and future appearances are scheduled. (See: appearance, arraignment)

arraign

in English and American legal process, to call the accused to the bar of the court to answer an indictment. The hearing is called an arraignment.