The first court date after the charge is indicted or filed by "information" is called "arraignment". This is the appearance date given to the accused when he posts bail.

Arraignment serves several functions:

1) to formally identify you as the person charged;

2) to determine how you plea to the charge;

3) to identify your attorney, or, if you are unable to afford an attorney, to appoint an attorney to assist you in your defense; and

4) to advise the accused of pretrial and/or trial settings.

Some courts allow the accused to file a waiver of this proceeding through his attorney.

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