ar·raign /ə-'rān/ vt [Anglo-French arrainer, from Old French araisnier to address, call to account, from a -, prefix stressing goal of an action + raisnier to speak]: to bring (a defendant) before a judge or magistrate to hear the charges and to plead usu. either guilty or not guilty compare indict
◇ For a person to be formally arraigned, he or she must be called by name before a judge or magistrate. The judge or magistrate makes sure that the defendant is the person named in the complaint, indictment, or information, which is then read to formally notify the defendant of the charges. The defendant may then enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or another plea allowed by law such as nolo contendere. In some cases, as when the defendant is not yet represented by a lawyer, the judge or magistrate may enter a plea of not guilty on the defendant's behalf.
ar·raign·ment n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb accusare, accuse, accuse of wrong, blame, brand, brand with reproach, bring accusation, bring before a court, bring to trial, bring up for investigation, bring up on charges, call before a court, call to account, charge, citare, cite, complain against, criminate, denounce, denunciate, formally accuse, formally charge, formally criminate, formally incriminate, implicate, incriminate, inculpate, postulare, prefer charges, prosecute II index blame, charge (accuse), complain (charge), denounce (inform against), prosecute (charge)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

In criminal law, to bring a defendant into court, charge him or her with an offense, and allow him or her to plead.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

in English and American legal process, to call the accused to the bar of the court to answer an indictment. The hearing is called an arraignment.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

   to bring a criminal defendant before the court, at which time the charges are presented to him/her, the opportunity to enter a plea (or ask for a continuance to plead) is given, a determination of whether the party has a lawyer is made (or whether a lawyer needs to be appointed), if necessary setting the amount of bail, and future appearances are scheduled.
   See also: appearance, arraignment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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