New Protocol Involves All Parties in Improving Arraignment Times

, New York Law Journal

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After assigning a judge to monitor arraignments full-time and restoring weekend hours, court officials are confident they have solved what many thought was "a beast difficult to tame" - arraigning suspects within 24 hours of arrests.

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  • Michael

    Let me get this straight, the law says Arraignment in 24 Hours. The police and Courts ADMIT to breaking that law, by having arraignments WAY PAST 24 Hours. So, tell me why any defendant, who was not arraigned in 24 hours, WERE NOT informed that they were supposed to be arraigned, and why didn't DEFENSE ATTORNEYS have their cases dismissed? Undue delay in arraignment is a fundamental part of criminal law...as is the right to a Speedy Trial. 90 days from arrest to trial for misdemeanors, and I think 6-9 months for felonies. Yet, when the DAs and Police and COurts ALL ADMIT TO MISSING THESE BASIC DEADLINES< instead of dismissal of the cases, PLEA BARGAINS are offered? If the Court, the DA and the Defense ALL KNOW the deadlines were not met, why continue the criminal matter, if BY LAW it should be dismissed? Can I MISS A DEADLINE IN MY COURT MATTER, and HAVE THE DA and JUDGE just ignore the fact that I missed my deadline? Would they let me reassert my alibi defenses, if I blew the deadline to inform the prosecution? I think NOT. Yet, NOT A SINGLE DEFENSE ATTORNEY has gone to the media with the simple idea that, LAW SAYS ___ DEADLINE...THEY MISSED IT....DISMISS THE CASE. Guaranteed JAIL TIME if you ever accept your 'free attorney'. Wonder why the media doesn't inform the public of this simple fact.

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