preliminary examination

A judicial inquiry to determine whether there is "probable cause" for an accusation of crime, the nature of which offense is thereby made known to the accused, the primary purpose being to ascertain whether there is reasonable ground to believe that a crime has been committed and whether there is just cause to believe that the defendant charged by the accusation committed it. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 443. See preliminary hearing.

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  • preliminary examination — n: preliminary hearing at hearing Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • preliminary examination — noun an examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue • Syn: ↑preliminary exam, ↑prelim • Hypernyms: ↑examination, ↑exam, ↑test …   Useful english dictionary

  • examination — ex·am·i·na·tion n: the act or process of examining; esp: a formal questioning esp. in a court proceeding see also cross examination, direct examination, recross examination, redirect examination compare …   Law dictionary

  • preliminary hearing — see hearing Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. preliminary hearing …   Law dictionary

  • Preliminary — may refer to:*Preliminary English Test *Preliminary examination *Preliminary finals *Preliminary hearing *Preliminary Multistate Bar Review *Preliminary Notice …   Wikipedia

  • preliminary — [prē lim′ə ner΄ē, prilim′ə ner΄ē] adj. [< Fr préliminaire or ModL praeliminaris < L prae (see PRE ) + L liminaris, of a threshold < limen, threshold (see LIMEN)] coming before or leading up to the main action, discussion, business, etc.; …   English World dictionary

  • preliminary — Introductory; initiatory; preceding; temporary and provisional; as preliminary examination, injunction, articles of peace, etc @ preliminary complaint In some states, a court without jurisdiction to hear a criminal case on its merits may issue a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • preliminary — preliminarily, adv. /pri lim euh ner ee/, adj., n., pl. preliminaries. adj. 1. preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory: preliminary examinations. n. 2. something preliminary, as an introductory or …   Universalium

  • preliminary exam — noun an examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue • Syn: ↑preliminary examination, ↑prelim • Hypernyms: ↑examination, ↑exam, ↑test …   Useful english dictionary

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