TalkLeft reports that in the wake of the arrests of protesters at the RNC, NY is proposing a "Charge or Release" bill, which would ensure that people who are arrested would be brought before a Judge within 24 hours.
This is not new for other states and I’m surprised NY did not have such a requirement. As one commenter notes, California has 48 hours to arraign.
What’s the law in CT, you ask? Well, I have the answer! C.G.S. 54-1g provides for "prompt presentment". I’d link to the statute but it takes forever to load, so here it is. The statute provides, in relevant part,
(a) Any arrested person who is not released sooner or who is charged
with a family violence crime as defined in section 46b-38a or a
violation of section 53a-181c, 53a-181d or 53a-181e shall be promptly
presented before the superior court sitting next regularly for the
geographical area where the offense is alleged to have been committed.
Although it doesn’t specify a time limit, that has been explained by the Courts. The Appellate Court, in State v. Piorkowski, 43 Conn. App. 209 (1996) cites three SCOTSOCT cases and explains:
For the purposes of the Connecticut prompt arraignment statute, Conn. Gen. Stat. Â§ 54-1c,
the "next session" of the circuit court means the regular session next
to be held, excluding any session held on the day of the arrest.
Although the legislature inserted the word "promptly" in Conn. Gen. Stat. Â§ 54-1g,
Â§ 54-1g still requires presentment before the superior court sitting
next regularly for the geographical area where the offense is alleged
to have been committed. The use of the word "promptly" does not change
the essential meaning of Â§ 54-1g, specifically, that a defendant must
be brought before the next session of the superior court, excluding any
session held on the day of his arrest.
So essentially, within 24 hours – unless the arrest is on a Friday/Sat/Sun, in which case it would be the next Monday. I want to add more to this, specifically regarding dismissal of informations for failure to arraign, but I don’t have time right now. I’ll do it tonight.