All Criminal Warrants are issued through the Magistrate's Office. After a warrant is issued, it is sent to the Sheriff's Department for service. Once a person is arrested and makes bond, they are set a court date for arraignment to come back to State or Superior Court. The Solicitor or District Attorney is responsible for prosecution of all criminal matters.
After a defendant is arrested and if unable to make his/her bond, or in some instances not subject to bond, that person is then brought before a Magistrate Judge to make a determination in the matter of bond and possibly bond conditions. The defendant, unable to make bond, has been afforded the right to this "First Appearance Hearing" by law.