initial appearance

noun
ini·​tial appearance | \ i-ˈni-shəl- \

Legal Definition of initial appearance

: the first appearance of a criminal defendant before a judge or usually a magistrate

called also arraignment on the warrant, initial presentment

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“Initial appearance.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/initial%20appearance. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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