Criminal Law Definitions Las Vegas, Nevada
Arraignment – A hearing at the initial stage of a case when the defendant is ‘held to answer” for the charges against him. Here, the criminal complaint or indictment outlining the charges and factual allegations against him is provided so that he can enter his plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No-Contest.
Calendar Call – A hearing in District Court where the Judge tries to determine which cases are actually proceeding to trial and in what order. Although this is generally a ‘housekeeping’ matter, the Defendant is required to be present.
Criminal Complaint – A document filed in Justice or Municipal Court outlining the charges against the Defendant.