An arraignment is the first formal procedure in the criminal courts in Tennessee. An arraignment is the procedure where the accused is brought before the court to plead to the criminal charge in the indictment or presentment.The defendant is made aware of the charge and enters a plea.

Now , the formal reading of the indictment or presentment is usually waived. In fact , your appearance can be waived and your lawyer can appear for you at your first court appearance.