Rule 10. Arraignment.


(a) Upon the return of an indictment or upon receipt of the records from the magistrate following a bind-over, the defendant shall forthwith be arraigned in the district court. Arraignment shall be conducted in open court and shall consist of reading the indictment or information to the defendant or stating the substance of the charge and calling on the defendant to plead thereto. The defendant shall be given a copy of the indictment or information before the defendant is called upon to plead.


(b) If upon arraignment the defendant requests additional time in which to plead or otherwise respond, a reasonable time may be granted.


(c) Any defect or irregularity in or want or absence of any proceeding provided for by statute or these rules prior to arraignment shall be specifically and expressly objected to before a plea of guilty is entered or the same is waived.


(d) If a defendant has been released pretrial, prior to arraignment and thereafter fails to appear for arraignment or trial when required to do so, a warrant of arrest may issue and any monetary bail may be forfeited.


Effective October 1, 2020