An October trial and cameras in court: What to expect after Donald Trump’s Georgia surrender

Donald Trump has been arrested again, this time in Fulton County, Georgia, after he was indicted on 13 charges related to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the state.

On 14 August, Mr Trump was charged with violating the RICO Act as well as other charges alleging conspiracy, making false statements and filing false documents related to his combined efforts, along with 18 other named co-defendants, to change the election result.

The charges stem from an investigation by Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis into Mr Trump and his allies’ actions in the state in the days and weeks after the 2020 vote.

They included the infamous phone call that Mr Trump made to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, in which the former asked him to “find” the 11,780 votes he needed to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

The indictment also detailed a plot to install fake state electors.

The former president surrendered to authorities at Fulton County Jail on 24 August, where he was arrested and had his mug shot taken.

He and his co-defendants were expected to face arraignment on 6 September but on 31 August Mr Trump pleaded not guilty and waived his arraignment – a move that means he can now avoid what would have been his first televised court hearing.

Here’s what we know about the case and what’s next for Mr Trump in Georgia.

The Republican 2024 front-runner surrendered at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on the evening of 24 August, less than a day before the deadline he and his co-defendants were given.

In a Truth Social post on 21 August, Mr Trump announced his plans for surrendering: “Can you believe it? I’ll be going to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be ARRESTED by a Radical Left District Attorney, Fani Willis.”

Mr Trump’s attorneys, Jennifer Little, Drew Findling and Marissa Goldberg, had met with Ms Willis earlier that day to agree to the terms of his arraignment and a time for his surrender.

The ex-president reportedly meant to appear for his booking to coincide with the primetime conservative cable news – ensuring his appearance received the maximum amount of publicity.

Like his previous arraignments, Mr Trump was fingerprinted, as is customary with criminal charges.

The ex-president did not have a mug shot taken at his previous three indictments because he is considered a notable enough person to mean an identifying photo was unnecessary.

However, Fulton County sheriff Pat Labat told WSB-TV earlier in August that Mr Trump likely would pose for a photograph because he would be treated like any other person.

His mugshot was duly released after his arrest on the evening of 24 August, immediately going viral on social media.

Each of Mr Trump’s co-defendants who surrendered, including Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis and Mark Meadows, also had their mug shots taken.

Mr Trump agreed to a $200,000 consent bond order on 21 August, three days before he surrendered.

The bond stated that Mr Trump was not allowed to communicate with witnesses or co-defendants except through his attorneys and was barred from making any “direct or indirect threat of any nature against the community or to any property in the community”, which included his posts or reposts on social media.

Donald Trump pictured after speaking at the Steer N’ Stein bar at the Iowa State Fair on 12 August

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