The Office of the Jackson County Public Defender staffs all arraignments held in the 12th District Court in compliance with Standard 4 of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is an initial hearing before the court for you to be informed of the charges against you and, when appropriate, for bond to be set and an attorney appointed. For misdemeanor cases, you will also either enter a plea of guilty or not guilty or stand mute.

Can I speak to an attorney before arraignment?

Pursuant to Standard 4, you have the right to speak to an attorney prior to arraignment. Our office makes attorneys available at the Court house to speak with interested persons prior to their arraignment. If you would like to speak with an attorney prior to your court date, please contact our office at 517-768-6842 and we will make an attorney available to discuss your case.

What if I want to resolve my case at arraignment?

Each case and circumstance is unique, therefore, we recommend you speak with one of our attorneys prior to your arraignment to determine if resolving your case at arraignment is possible.