re·​mand | \ri-ˈmand \
remanded; remanding; remands

Definition of remand 

transitive verb

: to order back: such as

a : to send back (a case) to another court or agency for further action

b : to return to custody pending trial or for further detention

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remand noun

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Remand means "order back" or "send back". After losing a case in a lower court, lawyers will frequently appeal it to a higher court. If the higher court looks at the case and sees that the lower court made certain kinds of errors, it will simply remand it, while telling the lower court how it fell short the first time: by not instructing the jury thoroughly, for example, or by not taking into account a recent related court decision.

Examples of remand in a Sentence

The judge remanded the case for further consideration.

Recent Examples on the Web

Musleh was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals. Fox News, "Suburban Indianapolis man pleads guilty to terrorism," 23 May 2018 After the jury announced its verdict, the judge remanded Chuvala to D.C. jail until sentencing. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Former teacher at Middle C Music found guilty of sexually assaulting teen student," 31 Jan. 2018 Breyer and Kagan would have remanded the case to the lower courts to consider how individual waivers to the travel ban were faring. David Fontana, Vox, "Justice Sotomayor is poised to lead the minority wing of the Supreme Court," 6 July 2018 Caesar and Wheeler were remanded to Port Tobacco, then the Charles County seat and now the smallest incorporated town in Maryland with an estimated population of 13 in 2016. Eugene L. Meyer, Washington Post, "‘GREAT EXCITEMENT. Runaway Slaves’: The slave uprising that Maryland seems to want to forget," 7 July 2018 The woman was promptly remanded to the ship’s onboard brig. Michael Ian Black, New York Times, "Cruises Are So Uncool They Are Cool," 3 July 2018 Shamberg was remanded to the Lake County jail with bail set at $20,000 and a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Warren Township apartment complex drug complaints result in arrest," 26 June 2018 One was remanded to juvenile court, another defendant struck a plea deal for 10 years after Bates left the office, and another was acquitted after Bates left. Tim Prudente,, "Baltimore state’s attorney candidate Ivan Bates under fire for claims he never lost a murder case," 12 June 2018 Michalak was remanded to jail after his arraignment in 36th District Court. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Man charged in girlfriend's stabbing death at MGM Grand Detroit hotel," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of remand

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remand

Middle English remaunden, from Anglo-French remander, from Late Latin remandare to send back word, from Latin re- + mandare to order — more at mandate

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English Language Learners Definition of remand

: to send (a case) back to another court of law to be tried or dealt with again

: to order (someone) to go somewhere


re·​mand | \ri-ˈmand \

Legal Definition of remand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to return (a case or matter) from one court to another especially lower court or from a court to an administrative agency the judgment of the trial court is reversed and the cause remanded to the superior court for further proceedings consistent with this opinionMcCarton v. Estate of Watson, 693 P.2d 192 (1984) — compare affirm

2 : to send (an accused) back into custody by court order (as pending trial) : turn (a prisoner) over for continued detention

intransitive verb

: to return a case to a lower court or other tribunal the court remanded for resentencing— K. A. Cohen



Legal Definition of remand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of remanding or state of being remanded

2 : an order remanding a case or person

History and Etymology for remand


Anglo-French remander, from Middle French, to order back, from Late Latin remandare to send back word, from Latin re- back + mandare to order

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