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After the indictment how long does it take for the arraignment. Can the prosecutor claim rediness for trial between that period or must he wait for the arraignment.

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The prosecutor usually files a statement of readiness when the file the indictment with the court. It can take several weeks from when the indictment is filed until a superior court arraignment is calendared.
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So they have to wait till arraignment before they can say rediness.



People vs England courts decision to dismiss due to 30.30 defendant was not arraigned when readiness was announce with the indictment. So one must be arrained before a rediness for trial can be submitted.

Benjamin J Lieberman

Benjamin J Lieberman


I would encourage you to retread the decision in England. The calendaring of an arraignment is a court function which is generally excludable time. You will note that in England it was a couple of weeks from when the indictment was filed until the arraignment was scheduled (much the same way attorneys have now answered you the norm is). The problem in England was that the DA waited until the speedy trial time essentially expired before filing the indictment and statement of readiness, making it impossible to have had the defendant arraigned within the six months allowed. 


It usually takes about 2-4 weeks. Yes the prosecutor can claim readiness during this period by properly serving and filing a statement of readiness.

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Usually a few weeks. The DA can serve and file a statement of readiness when the indictment is filed with the Court.

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It can take 2-3 weeks in most places.
They can claim readiness upon the filing of the indictment as they are not responsible for when the arraignment occurs.

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