§50-4-2a. Initial appearance and arraignment by video to be
conducted by magistrate court wherein offense is
(a) Except as provided by the provisions of subsection (b) of
this section, whenever a person already detained in a regional jail
facility is served with a criminal complaint, the initial
appearance or arraignment, if accomplished by the use of a video
imaging system, shall to the extent practicable be before a
magistrate of the charging jurisdiction. If such is not
practicable, a magistrate of the jurisdiction in which the regional
jail facility is located may preside over the proceeding.
(b) An order of the supreme court of appeals authorizing a
magistrate or magistrates to conduct pretrial proceedings by use of
video imaging shall supercede the requirements set forth in
subsection (a) of this section.