Last Updated: November 20, 2023

Do I have to appear in person at an arraignment?

In most Utah courts, the judge will expect the defendant to appear in person at an arraignment hearing. If you ignore and skip a scheduled arraignment, the court will likely issue a warrant for your arrest. However, sometimes a court will accept a waiver of the formal arraignment or may…

In most Utah courts, the judge will expect the defendant to appear in person at an arraignment hearing. If you ignore and skip a scheduled arraignment, the court will likely issue a warrant for your arrest. However, sometimes a court will accept a waiver of the formal arraignment or may allow a defendant to appear remotely or through counsel.

What if I live in another state?

Your attorney can help explain your options, which may include appearing remotely (by video or by phone) or appearing through counsel (having your attorney appear in court on your behalf).

Arrangements for these alternatives usually need to be made in advance of the scheduled arraignment hearing. Talk with your attorney about these options as soon as you can.

Originally Published: November 20, 2023

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