The formal charging of a defendant with an offense.(noun)
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Use "arraignment" in a sentence
"DeLay's arraignment is set for Friday before state district Judge Bob Perkins in Travis County, Texas."
"Such objections as that the accused, at the time of the arraignment, is undergoing a sentence of a general court-martial, or that owing to the long delay in bringing him to trial he is unable to disprove the charge or to defend himself, or that his accuser was actuated by malice or is a person of bad character, or that he was released from restraint upon the charges are not proper subjects for motion prior to plea, however much they may constitute ground for a continuance or affect the questions of the truth or falsity of the charge or of the measure of punishment."
"Stapley is currently in jail waiting for arraignment, which is expected to take place this afternoon."