American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points of law and facts.
- adj. Of or relating to a pretrial.
- adj. Existing or occurring before a trial: pretrial imprisonment; pretrial hearings.
- adj. Pertaining to a preliminary trial.
- n. law A preliminary trial held in advance of a court trial.
- n. (law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases
- pre- + trial (Wiktionary)
“And the reason for that visit was prompted because his immediate commander, his company commander, had placed him in what we call pretrial confinement.”
“Under Article 10 of the UCMJ and military case law, an accused in pretrial confinement must be brought to trial with "reasonable diligence.”
“Several jurors said in pretrial questionnaires that they attended church.”
“It cited "reports of arbitrary deprivation of life, torture, impunity, poor prison conditions - particularly in pretrial detention facilities - and arbitrary arrest and detention." ...”
“Instead, the 15- and 16-year-old Fort Myers-area girls were referred to a pretrial diversion program at the request of the victim's father.”
“discovery This refers to the pretrial fact-finding stage of civil lawsuits.”
“Well, if the issue was argued before a judge in pretrial motions, it’s not really comparable to your factual.”
“If the case wasn’t won when we litigated the propensity evidence issue in pretrial motions it certainly was shoved in the right direction.”
“It's a county-funded program called pretrial release.”
“There's another option, county-run programs called pretrial release.”
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