Initial Court Appearance

Arraignment Hearing

The initial court appearance for a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor charge is called an arraignment hearing.

 At the arraignment hearing, the defendant:

  • Is advised of his or her legal rights.
  • May apply for a public defender.
  • May enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

First Appearance (Rule 5 Hearing)

The initial court appearance for a gross misdemeanor or felony charge is called an initial appearance, first appearance, or Rule 5 Hearing. 

At the First Appearance, the defendant:

  • Is advised of his or her legal rights.
  • Is advised of the charge or charges. 
  • May apply for a public defender. 

However, no plea is taken from the defendant.

Weekly Summary of Initial Court Appearances

View the latest Initial Court Appearances (PDF). This list is updated weekly.