The Criminal Procedure Act 1983 governs the topic of ‘Arraignments’ in the state of New South Wales. An Arraignment is the court process whereby the defendant who is accused of an offence attends court and the offence(s) which are listed on the indictment is read out in open court and the defendant is then asked to formally enter a plea, either a plea of not guilty or a plea of guilty to offence(s). The charges on the indictment are read by either the Judge or the Judge’s Associate.
Arraignments only occur in indictable matters meaning matters which can only be finalised in the District Court or the Supreme Court as such process does not take place in the Local Court. So once the matter travels from the Local Court and is ‘committed’ to either the District Court or Supreme Court, only then will the Arraignment take place.
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