When and where will the arraignment take place?

My Friend or Family Member Was Just Arrested. When will the arraignment be?

In Nassau and Suffolk counties, arrest processing can take as little as two hours, so people who are arrested in the morning or late the previous night will often see the judge before noon. Arraignments take place from 9:30 a.m. until the calendar for the day is done, seven days a week, with a break for lunch. This may mean that arraignments will go until 5 p.m., or this may mean that the calendar is done by noon. At some point during each day, the court tells the Police Department to stop sending people over for the day. Anyone who misses the cutoff will be seen the next morning.

In New York City, except for Staten Island, arrest processing can take between 12 and 24 hours, sometimes more. On especially busy days, some people can wait in jail to be arraigned for up to 36 hours. In these circumstances, having an attorney who knows the right places to call to get a case moving can mean the difference between messing up your weekend and missing a day of work. Arraignments run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., with multiple breaks.

In Staten Island, arraignments after 5 p.m. are either held for the next morning or transferred to Brooklyn when the Targee Street courthouse is closed. Arrest processing can often be much shorter than in the rest of the city. Then again, it might not be.

Where Will the Arraignment Take Place?

Arrests in each county occur in the criminal court in that county, as follows:

Nassau County:
​First District Court, 99 Main Street, Hempstead, N.Y.

​Suffolk County:
​First District Court, 400 Carleton Avenue, Central Islip, N.Y.

​Queens County:
​Queens County Criminal Court, 125-01 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, N.Y.

Kings County (Brooklyn):
​Kings County Criminal Court, 120 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.

​New York County (Manhattan):
​Manhattan Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street, New York, N.Y.

Bronx County:
​Bronx County Criminal Court, 215 East 161st Street, Bronx, N.Y.

​Richmond County (Staten Island):
​Richmond County Criminal Court, 67 Targee Street, Staten Island, N.Y.

When you arrive at the courthouse, ask a court officer to direct you to the arraignment part (courtroom), and notify a court officer in the courtroom that you’re there for a specific person when you get to the arraignment part.

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