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What is Remand?

Remand (also known as pre-trial detention or provisional detention) is the process of detaining a person who has been arrested and charged with an offence until their trial. A person who is on remand is held in a prison or detention centre, or held under house arrest. Varying terminology is used, but “remand” is generally used in common law jurisdictions and in Europe “preventive detention”. Remand (detention) before charge is referred to as custody and continued detention after conviction is referred to as imprisonment.

Typically, a suspect will be remanded only if it is likely that he or she could commit a serious crime, interfere with the investigation, or fail to turn up in court. In the majority of court cases, the suspect will be outside custody while awaiting trial, often with restrictions such as bail.