New York County Arraignments

Overview of New York County (Manhattan) Arraignments

Manhattan arraignment court is legendary for its volume of cases and for the days when that volume was so high that arraignments often ran 24 hours a day.  The since abandoned "lobster shift" arraignment session used to last from 1 AM to 9 AM on some of the busier days of the week.  These days, arraignments in Manhattan track the arraignment schedules of the other counties, running two sessions day, every day.  The first session begins at 9 AM and concludes at 5PM.  The second session begins at 5PM and concludes at 1 AM.  On slower days the second session (night court) can conceivably close earlier than 1 AM.  There aren't that many slower days in Manhattan.   

The main location where most arraignments will take place in Manhattan will be the Criminal Court building located at 100 Centre Street.  The arraignment courtrooms are on the first floor on the opposite side of the building from where you enter, accessible through a central hallway near the circular information desk.

A smaller number of arraignments will be held in Midtown Community Court, although these arraignments are primarily going to be for Desk Appearance Tickets and certain other petty offenses.   

Your first assumption should be that any arraignment is going to be at 100 Centre Street, since the vast majority of arraignments will be held there.  Therefore, if you are unsure where the arraignment will be, go first to 100 Centre Street


New York (Manhattan) Criminal Court Arraignments are held in the following locations:

  • New York Criminal Court building located at 100 Centre Street
  • Midtown Community Court, located at 314 W 54 Street

Maps and Directions

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For Further Assistance from a Private Lawyer

This page contains some of the basic information about New York City arraignments in Manhattan.  If you think you would like the assistance of a private lawyer in navigating the arraignment of the case of a friend or family member, please call us at 718-268-2171.  If you were glad for the detailed information you found here on this page and in this site, know that we will be able to provide an even greater amount of more specific information and advice when we handle a specific case and have particular details to work with.

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. 

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