People arrested by the NYPD are taken for initial processing to the precinct in which the arrest occurred. Within 4 to 6 hours they are then taken for further processing to Central Booking, located at the criminal court in the county of arrest. Once all processing and paperwork is complete, they await an appearance before a judge, called an arraignment. Arraignment usually happens within 24 hours of the arrest, and will probably be the first time you will be able to see your friend or loved-one following an arrest.
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- What You Need to Know If Someone You Know is Arrested
What You Need to Know If Someone You Know is Arrested
Learning that a loved one has been arrested is a painful and stressful experience. Uncertainty and lack of information about the process only makes things more difficult. The arrest process is complex, every case is unique, and there are exceptions to every rule. For more detailed information about the arrest process, visit this page.
How can I locate a loved one?
How can I find specific information about where and when someone will be arraigned?
To find out the approximate time and courtroom of the arraignment, call Central Booking in the county of arrest and ask for the person’s Arrest Number. Once you have obtained the Arrest Number (or if there is none available), call the Criminal Court Arraignment Clerk to find out when and in what courtroom the person will be arraigned.
When are arraignment courts open?
The New York City arraignment courts operate seven days a week, in two shifts: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Be sure to check the specific hours at the court to which you’ve been assigned.
Court contact information
- Central Booking: (212) 374-3921
New York County (Manhattan) Criminal Court: (646) 386-4000
Address: 100 Centre Street
Directions: No. 4 or 5 train to Brooklyn Bridge Station; No. 6 train, N, R or C train to Canal Street; No. 1 train to Franklin Street; M1, M6 and M15 bus lines are nearby. 100 Centre Street is one block north of Worth Street, three blocks south of Canal Street.
- Central Booking: (718) 935-9249
Kings County (Brooklyn) Criminal Court: (718) 643-5675
Address: 120 Schermerhorn Street
Directions: Take the N, R or M train to the Lawrence Street Station; the G train to the Hoyt Street & Schermerhorn Street Station; the A, F or C train to the Jay Street Station; the 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to the Borough Hall Station.
Take the B67, B41 or B45 bus line to Livingston Street & Smith Street; the B63 or B65 bus line to Atlantic Avenue & Smith Street.
- Central Booking: (718) 298-0736
Bronx County Criminal Court: (718) 590-2886
Address: 215 East 161st Street, near Sherman and Sheridan Avenues.
Directions: Take the C, D or 4 train to Yankee Stadium/161st Street Station.
Take the BX 6 or BX 13 to East 161st Street & Sheridan Avenue; the BX 1 to East 161st Street & Grand Concourse.
- Central Booking: (718) 268-4523
Queens County Criminal Court: (718) 520-1985
Address: 125-01 Queens Blvd (near Hoover Avenue and 82nd Avenue)
Take the E or F train to the Union Turnpike Station.
The Q60, Q37, Q74 and Q46 buses all have stops in close proximity to the building.
- Central Booking (718) 876-8493
Richmond County (Staten Island) Criminal Court (718) 390-8400
Note: On weekends, call the Brooklyn Arraignment Office (718) 643-5675
Address: 26 Central Avenue
Directions: Staten Island ferry to St. George Terminal and walk up the hill to 26 Central Avenue
For more court contact information, view our Office Locator.
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.