Definition of remand in English:



[with object]Law
  • 1Place (a defendant) on bail or in custody, especially when a trial is adjourned.

    ‘he was remanded in custody for a week’
    • ‘Both accused were then remanded in custody pending an appeal hearing against the decision of the magistrates.’
    • ‘The defendants were remanded on continuing bail to see how they would behave.’
    • ‘Swindon magistrates remanded him in custody and committed the case to crown court.’
    • ‘Both the accused were then remanded in custody pending an appeal hearing.’
    • ‘The men were all remanded on conditional bail until December 10 when they are due to be sentenced.’
    imprison, jail, incarcerate, send to prison, put behind bars, put under lock and key, put in chains, put into irons, throw into irons, clap in irons, hold captive
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    1. 1.1 Return (a case) to a lower court for reconsideration.
      • ‘The case was remanded back to circuit court in Illinois where the original lawsuit will be tried on its merits.’
      • ‘The 2nd Circuit appeals court vacated the decision and remanded the case.’
      • ‘But the Court of Appeals rejected the settlement and remanded the case to the District Court that had approved it for further consideration.’
      • ‘The Court remanded the case to a lower court for further fact-finding consistent with its reasoning.’
      • ‘The jury voted to remand the case to the Grand Jury, which on 2 November, voted to indict for first-degree murder.’


  • A committal to custody.

    ‘the prosecutor applied for a remand to allow forensic evidence to be investigated’
    as modifier ‘a remand home’
    • ‘The failure to direct the jury as to the special need for caution in relation to the evidence of the remand prisoners.’
    • ‘A third of all inmates are remand prisoners who are awaiting trial or sentencing.’
    • ‘It gives magistrates a robust alternative to custodial sentences and remands for young hardcore repeat offenders by ensuring they are not just punished but also made to take responsibility for their actions.’
    • ‘The custody time limit in respect of the remand therefore expired on 21 October 2001.’
    • ‘It is said that this is only ‘so far as they are capable of application’ and that in Victoria this provision of the Act is not capable of other application for want of a remand facility.’
    custody, imprisonment, confinement, incarceration, internment, captivity, restraint, arrest, house arrest, committal
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  • on remand

    • In custody pending trial.

      ‘most of the prisoners are on remand and awaiting trial’
      • ‘The Judge erred in not giving the Appellant credit for the 8 months spent on remand in custody.’
      • ‘Sentence length refers to the maximum number of days that the woman will serve in custody for all current sentences combined, once any days she spent in custody on remand are deducted.’
      • ‘Both accused come from Bocage and are currently on remand at Bordelais awaiting trial.’
      • ‘Detention pursuant to mental health legislation comes readily to mind, as does imprisonment on remand pending trial.’
      • ‘He was returned to nearby Woodhill prison, where he is being held on remand pending trial, in a prison van.’


Late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘send back again’): from late Latin remandare, from re- ‘back’ + mandare ‘commit’. The noun dates from the late 18th century.