Arraignment Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Arraignment, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Arraignment?

(n) Arraignment is the first appearance of an accused before a judge in a criminal proceedings where in the charges against him are read to him and his plea is recorded. During arraignment a lawyer is appointed when the defendant cannot afford the service of a lawyer.