initial appearance

Definition of "initial appearance"
  1. The occasion when a person accused of a crime first comes before a judge or a magistrate
How to use "initial appearance" in a sentence
  1. After the arrest, the suspect was taken in for an initial appearance before the local magistrate.
  2. During the initial appearance, the charges against the defendant were formally read and explained.
  3. The initial appearance in court is an important part of the legal process where an accused person learns of the charges against them.

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