Definition of remand in US English:



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

    ‘I had a seventeen-year-old son remanded to a drug-addiction program’
    • ‘The men were all remanded on conditional bail until December 10 when they are due to be sentenced.’
    • ‘Both the accused were then remanded in custody pending an appeal hearing.’
    • ‘Swindon magistrates remanded him in custody and committed the case to crown court.’
    • ‘The defendants were remanded on continuing bail to see how they would behave.’
    • ‘Both accused were then remanded in custody pending an appeal hearing against the decision of the magistrates.’
    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 Supreme Court summarily vacated the opinion and remanded the matter back to the California Court of Appeal’
      • ‘But the Court of Appeals rejected the settlement and remanded the case to the District Court that had approved it for further consideration.’
      • ‘The jury voted to remand the case to the Grand Jury, which on 2 November, voted to indict for first-degree murder.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Court remanded the case to a lower court for further fact-finding consistent with its reasoning.’


  • A committal to custody.

    • ‘A third of all inmates are remand prisoners who are awaiting trial or sentencing.’
    • ‘The failure to direct the jury as to the special need for caution in relation to the evidence of the remand prisoners.’
    • ‘The custody time limit in respect of the remand therefore expired on 21 October 2001.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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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.