AskDefine | Define remand

Dictionary Definition

remand n : the act of sending an accused person back into custody to await trial (or the continuation of the trial)

Verb

1 refer (a matter or legal case) to another committe or authority or court for decision [syn: remit, send back]
2 lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life" [syn: imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug, gaol, put away]

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English

Etymology

Remand is a legal term which has two related but distinct usages. Its etymology is from the Latin re- and mandare, literally "to order." It evolved in Late Latin to remandare, or "to send back word." It appears in Middle French as remander and in Middle English as remaunden, both with essentially the same meaning, "to send back."

Noun

  1. The act of sending an accused person back into custody whilst awaiting trial.
  2. The act of an appellate court sending a matter back to a lower court for review or disposal.

Verb

  1. To send a prisoner back to custody.
  2. To send a case back to a lower court for further consideration.

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Extensive Definition

Remand is a legal term which has two related but distinct usages. Its etymology is from the Latin re- and mandare, literally "to order." It evolved in Late Latin to remandare, or "to send back word." It appears in Middle French as remander and in Middle English as remaunden, both with essentially the same meaning, "to send back."
  • Remand (court case): an action by an appellate court in which it remands, or sends back, a case to the trial court or lower appellate court for action
  • Detention of suspects: remand may also mean the detention of suspects before trial or sentencing

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

assign, bring back, commend, commit, commit to prison, commitment, committal, confide, consign, consignment, delegate, enfeoff, entrust, extradite, extradition, give back, give in charge, give in trust, giving back, infeudate, institutionalize, mittimus, put back, recommit, recommitment, reddition, relegate, remandment, remit, remitter, rendition, repatriate, repatriation, restitution, restoration, restore, restoring, return, send back, send to jail, send up, sending back, take back, trust
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