bind over


bound over; binding over; binds over

transitive verb

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

Examples of bind over in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a municipal court hearing on Aug. 1, his case was bound over to Fulton County Superior Court and Hawkins was transferred to the Fulton County Jail on Aug. 5. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 18 Aug. 2023 The case was bound over for trial at a hearing Monday. Chris Ramirez, Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2023 Doctor and nurse will stand trial in 24-year-old woman’s jail death July 3, 2023 Both defendants, who face up to four years in state prison if convicted, were bound over for trial after a weeklong preliminary hearing last month. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 Ascher and Fraker were both bound over for trial March 10 after pleading not guilty. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2023 On May 2, Ruggs unconditionally waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the 8th Judicial District Court for arraignment. Mark Inabinett |, al, 26 Jan. 2023 The suspect, Andrew Garcia, was bound over for trial in San Diego Superior Court on Tuesday. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2023 David Sutherland, 58, was bound over for trial on four charges after a daylong preliminary exam Monday in Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2023 Miller, who was bound over for trial in October 2022, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bind over was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Bind over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

bind over

transitive verb
: to put under a bond to do something (as appear in court) under court authority
: 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
bindover noun
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