(a) In General. An arraignment must be conducted in open court
and must consist of:
(1) ensuring that the defendant has a copy of the indictment
(2) reading the indictment or information to the defendant
or stating to the defendant the substance of the charge; and
(3) asking the defendant to plead to the indictment or information.
(b) Waiving Appearance. A defendant need not be present for the
(1) the defendant has been charged by indictment or misdemeanor information;
(2) the defendant, in a written waiver signed by both the defendant and defense counsel, has waived appearance and has
affirmed that the defendant received a copy of the indictment
or information and that the plea is not guilty; and
(3) the court accepts the waiver.
(c) Video Teleconferencing. Video teleconferencing may be used
to arraign a defendant if the defendant consents.
(As amended Mar. 9, 1987, eff. Aug. 1, 1987; Apr. 29, 2002, eff. Dec.