In law, to remand is to send a case back to be reconsidered by another court — or to imprison someone who's been arrested until they go to trial.

In some cases, a court will remand a case for a completely new trial, and in others it might instruct the new court to use different legal standards, or to decide only on a defendant's sentence. When a judge remands an accused criminal — holding them in custody until the case goes to trial — it's often because they have a criminal record or have been charged with very serious crimes.

Definitions of remand
  1. verb
    refer (a matter or legal case) to another committee or authority or court for decision
    synonyms: remit, send back
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    type of:
    issue a challenge to
  2. verb
    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    synonyms: gaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars
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    type of:
    confine, detain
    deprive of freedom; take into confinement
  3. noun
    the act of sending an accused person back into custody to await trial (or the continuation of the trial)
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    type of:
    the act of going back to a prior location
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