initial appearance

initial appearance

A criminal defendant’s first appearance in court to hear the charges read, to be advised of his or her rights, and to have bail determined.

? The initial appearance is usu. required by statute to occur without undue delay. In a misdemeanor case, the initial appearance may be combined with the arraignment. See ARRAIGNMENT. [Cases: Arrest 70; Criminal Law 261¨C264. C.J.S. Arrest ¡ì¡ì 61¨C64; Criminal Law ¡ì¡ì 355, 357¨C360, 362¨C363.]


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