§62-3-2. Presence of accused during trial; arraignment; plea.
A person indicted for felony shall be personally present
during the trial therefor. If he refuse to plead or answer, and do
not confess his guilt, the court shall have the plea of not guilty
entered, and the trial shall proceed as if the accused had entered
that plea, and judgment upon the verdict in any such trial shall be
entered up as in cases of misdemeanor. The formal arraignment of
the prisoner, the proclamation by the sheriff, and the charge of
the clerk to the jury, as heretofore practiced, shall be dispensed
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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