Arraignment is a formal reading of the criminal charges to the accused. The accused, in response to the judge’s reading of the charges, is expected to enter a plea of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty.’ The judge decides whether the accused will be released, the conditions of release, the amount of bond or no bond. At arraignment the judge will decide whether to release the accused simply on his promise to return to court or the judge will determine the amount of bond to be posted. Judges will not: listen to evidence at arraignment; conduct a hearing at arraignment; rule on the merit of the case.
Arraignment is the first opportunity to get the accused released from jail. Arraignment is also used to set the attorney’s and court’s calendar for the next court date.
Should I Hire An Attorney For Arraignment?
Yes, you need to retain an attorney for the arraignment. Arraignment is a critical appearance. Judges rarely reduce a bond without the presence of a lawyer.
Where Does Arraignment Take Place?
Arraignment takes place in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections. The jail is located at the corner of 6th St. and Liberty St. You will be able to watch the arraignment from the video room. You can also speak to the judge and advise the court that you support the accused and will help him make his court appearance and help him follow all bond conditions. Arraignment court begins at 9:00 a.m. and usually ends before 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday arraignment begins 9:00 a.m. until end of docket. There is no arraignment court on Sunday.