This is the first proceeding that occurs in the Court of Common Pleas. It typically occurs about thirty (30) to sixty (60) days following the preliminary hearing. The formal arraignment is mostly a status hearing when a not guilty plea is entered to begin the case in the Court of Common Pleas.
At this hearing the defendant is given a copy of the Information and advised of their rights, including the rights to file various pretrial pleadings. This event also starts the technical clock for filing pretrial motions, including but not limited to requests for a bill of particulars and discovery, omnibus pretrial motion, and motions for continuance, and severance or joinder, suppression. These motions should be filed within thirty days after the formal arraignment.
Frequently, there no representative from The District Attorney's Office or a judge present at this hearing.