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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.
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Oakland County is also exploring "after hours" arraignments with the present users of OakVideo.
OakVideo has transformed the way offender arraignments are being processed in Oakland County and transformed the relationship among the local police departments and the prosecutors in securing arrest warrants.
Transportation is traditionally at the center of the process, with police officers having to travel to other jurisdictions to get an arrest warrant, transport the prisoner to the appropriate courthouse to get an arraignment, and generally use valuable time on work that does little to enhance crime prevention or crime solving.
At the heart of OakVideo is the multipoint video arraignment and its related RMS.
OakVideo automates the paper flow from the police computer in the patrol vehicle through to the final court arraignment hearing, mitigating the use of paper files, faxes, and related clerical filing and copying tasks.
Video arraignment files are automatically backed up locally and also transferred via file transfer protocol to a central server at the IT department for permanent storage.
On Monday, the Sandiganbayan Third Division issued the arrest warrant against Padaca after she allegedly failed to attend the scheduled arraignment, one of several that were set.
She said that she never ignored Sandiganbayan whenever it required her attendance in the arraignment, which was supposed to be over last year.
It was their judgment that my presence was not needed because the hearing was for arraignment. Eh na-arraign na ako last year [I was already arraigned last year]," she justified.