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    The hearing given to person accused of crime, by a magistrate or judge, to determine whether there is enough evidence to warrant the confinement and holding to bail the person accused.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    Preliminary Examination is defined as a district court hearing at which the judge decides whether probable cause exists to believe that a felony was committed and that the defendant committed it.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    Preliminary hearing is the hearing available to a person charged with a felony to determine if there is enough evidence (probable cause) to hold him for trial.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    Another term for arraignment.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    The hearing available to a person charged with a felony to determine if there is enough evidence (probable cause) to hold him for trial.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    Synonymous with “preliminary examination;” the hearing, held by an associate circuit judge (or a magistrate in federal courts) to determine whether a person charged with a crime should be held for trial.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

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    Synonymous with “preliminary examination”; the hearing given a person charged with a crime by a magistrate or judge to determine whether there is “probable cause” that the person committed the crime and should be held for trial. In federal court, an indictment removes the right to a preliminary examination.

    State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)

Committal proceedings

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    A hearing in a Magistrates’ Court that decides whether someone charged with a serious criminal offence should face trial in a higher court. It is also known as a preliminary examination. See also indictable offence.

    Victoria Law Foundation. “Legal glossary” (2015)