preliminary hearing. A criminal hearing (usu. conducted by a magistrate) to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute an accused person. ? If sufficient evidence exists, the case will be set for trial or bound over for grand-jury review, or an information will be filed in the trial court. ¡ª Also termed preliminary examination; probable-cause hearing; bindover hearing; examining trial. Cf. ARRAIGNMENT. [Cases: Criminal Law 222¨C238. C.J.S. Criminal Law ¡ì¡ì 282, 339¨C350.]
What is the legal equivalence of PRELIMINARY HEARING in Chinese?
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