The court shall:
a. Ascertain the defendant's plea of not guilty, guilty, or no contest. Unless the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, the court shall enter a plea of not guilty.
b. Hear and decide motions concerning the conditions of release under Rule 7. Unless the arraignment is held in conjunction with the defendant's initial appearance before a magistrate under Rule 4.2, a contested release motion shall be heard upon at least 5 days prior notice, unless such time is waived by all parties.
c. Set the date for trial or pretrial conference.
d. Advise the parties in writing of the dates set for further proceedings and other important deadlines.
e. Advise the defendant of the right to be present at all future proceedings, that proceedings may be held in the defendant's absence, or that defendant may be charged with an offense and a warrant issued for defendant's arrest without further notice.
f. Advise the defendant of the right to jury trial, if applicable.
g. For misdemeanors, inform the defendant of the right to counsel and the right to court-appointed counsel if eligible. As necessary, the court shall appoint counsel.