What/when is first appearance?
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When an individual is arrested for a criminal charge (not probation violation/ bench warrant/ bondsman off bond/ticket), that individual is required to go before a Magistrate Court judge within 48 hours of their booking, which is referred to as first appearance/bond hearing. The purpose of the First Appearance hearing is to let the inmate know what they have been charged with, answer any questions from the judge, and to give the inmate access to an attorney (Public Defender) or the ability to request a form for a Public Defender (on the weekends), and most importantly notify them of their rights. The judge may or may not set a bond depending on the charge or whether or not that person qualifies to receive a bond. First Appearance hearing are generally conducted via video, with the judge at Magistrate Court and the inmate located in jail in a multi-purpose room. The hearings are held every day with the exceptions of Sunday and county holidays. They are generally held at 3:30pm, but can (at the judge’s discretion) be held at a different time. The public can view the First Appearance hearing from the courtroom located at the 24 hour entrance (Central Control).