bind over

bound over; binding over; binds over

Definition of bind over

transitive verb

: to put under a bond to do something (such as to appear in court)

First Known Use of bind over

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bind over was in 1591

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“Bind over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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bind over

transitive verb

Legal Definition of bind over

1 : to put under a bond to do something (as appear in court) under court authority
2 : to transfer (a case or defendant) to another forum after a finding of probable cause at a preliminary hearing

Note: In states that require indictment by a grand jury in felony cases, a case will be bound over to the grand jury if the judge or magistrate finds at the preliminary hearing that there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the crime. In states that use an information, the case is bound over to the trial court upon a finding of probable cause.

intransitive verb

: to bind a case over questioned the magistrate's decision to bind over

Other Words from bind over

bindover noun

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