STMCLR 4.1 AUTHORIZATION FOR CONTINUANCE OF ARRAINGMENTS If a defendant requests a continuance of his or her arraignment date, the court clerk is authorized to continue and reset the arraignment to a date not later than fourteen (14) days after the date on which the arraignment was initially set, without the matter needing to come before the court in open session to consider the request for a continuance of the arraignment, on the following conditions: 1. That the defendant who is requesting the continuance of the arraignment shall have had no previous warrants issued involving any criminal case for a failure to appear or a failure to comply with a court order; 2. That the defendant shall sign a waiver of his/her right to a speedy trial, with that waiver waiving speedy trial rights for a period of at least 90 days from the date of the rescheduled-continued arraignment. This authorization for continuance of arraignment shall not apply to cases involving alleged Domestic Violence Assaults, harassments or any other case where a Protection or No Contact Order has been requested. Any other requests for continuance of arraignment, whether for a period of time longer than that authorized herein above or for cases not meeting the above criteria shall be presented to the court in open session for consideration of the continuance request. [Adopted effective September 1, 2003]
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