What Is the Difference Between an Arraignment and an Indictment?

What Is the Difference Between an Arraignment and an Indictment?

What Is the Difference Between an Arraignment and an Indictment?

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury to pursue charges against a person, while an arraignment occurs after indictment or arrest when the court reads the charges against the defendant and the defendant enters a plea, according to Lawyers.com. Pleas entered during indictment include guilty and not guilty.

Only states that use a grand jury use indictments to charge someone with a crime, according to Lawyers.com. Other states use an information, which a determination of charges offered directly by the prosecutor. During an arraignment, the court may also set a date for the trial and for a motion hearing, according to the United State's Attorneys Office of Minnesota.