preliminary hearing

Definition of "preliminary hearing"
  1. A legal procedure in criminal law used to determine if enough evidence exists to accuse a person of a felony
How to use "preliminary hearing" in a sentence
  1. Defense requested for the preliminary hearing to assess the legitimacy of the charges.
  2. During the preliminary hearing, the judge decides if the case should advance to trial.
  3. The preliminary hearing is an essential phase of the criminal proceedings.

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