Bronx County Arraignments

Overview of Bronx County Arraignments

The Bronx took a bit of public relations hit as a result of a series of articles in 2013 from The New York Times about the slowness with which it seems that justice is done in the Bronx.  While the series of articles from The New York Times did not particularly focus on arrest to arraignment times, historically, arrest to arraignment times in the Bronx have often been worse than the other boroughs.  

A person arrested and put through the system in the Bronx would generally not be expected to see the judge for arraignment much before 24 hours, and depending on how busy things are, could easily approach 36 hours.  Of course, the administration is constantly trying new ways to make the process smoother and faster, so I would imagine that things will improve over time.  

Location and Directions

Bronx Criminal Court Arraignments are held in the Bronx Criminal Court Building located at 215 East 161st Street, near Sherman and Sheridan Avenues, and just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium.

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Bronx Arraignment Hours

Monday through Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. are the general rules for the hours of arraignments.  In the rare event that arraignments is slow (say on a Monday or Tuesday), it is conceivable that arraignments may shut down before 1 a.m.  During the day shift, the Court will take a lunch break between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  During the night shift, the Court will take a break usually between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.  

Contacting Bronx Arraignments

The numbers to contact arraignments are subject to change beyond our ability to control.  Therefore, rather than post numbers that may be wrong, I would recommend that someone who wants to reach out to the arraignment court contact 311, New York City information to obtain the most up to date telephone number. Be aware also, that because the volume of calls is usually high, and the volume of work for the clerks is also usually high, you may not always find that you get through very easily.  Be prepared to need to be patient.

Note:  Retaining an attorney to handle the arraignment will relieve some of the stress of trying to contact the court because the attorney will be able to manage that for you. 

Bronx Arraignment Court Building

Bronx Arraignment Court Building

For Further Assistance from a Private Lawyer

We have handled countless arraignments in New York City over the last 20 years of practice.  More than likely you are visiting this page because you do not have the same experience and the whole process seems like a dehumanizing brutal mystery to you.  Let us help you.  Give us a call at 718-268-2171.

The idea of needing to call a criminal defense lawyer is probably not something you may have seriously considered in the past.  But if you have a friend or family member in the arrest to arraignment process in New York City, now is the time, for the other person's sake as well as for your own peace of mind.  It doesn't have to be Shalley and Murray.  There are plenty of wonderful criminal defense lawyers in New York City.  Of course we would love to help and hope that you do choose to call us.  But do get help. 

Our number is 718-268-2171 or click here for other contact options.



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