The initial appearance of an arrested person before a judge to determine whether or not there is probable cause for his or her arrest. Generally the person comes before a judge within hours of the arrest. Also called initial appearance.
(also initial appearance) An appearance before a Provincial Court judge that entails the process whereby the charge is read to the accused. At this stage in the criminal-justice process, bail may be set or pre-trial release arranged.
the first time the defendant comes into court either in person or by an attorney. An attorney may represent the defendant in a misdemeanor case once the notice of appearance is filed. The defendant learns in the arraignment that they have a right to counsel so if the notice of appearance is filed the attorney doesn't even have to show.