remand

verb
re·​mand | \ ri-ˈmand How to pronounce remand (audio) \
remanded; remanding; remands

Definition of remand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

remand

noun
plural remands

Definition of remand (Entry 2 of 2)

law
: the act of remanding something or someone or the state of being remanded : an order to return or send back someone or something
a : the return of a case to another court or agency for further action … there was a rejection of the count that Microsoft attempted to monopolize the browser field, a remand to district court of the issue of whether Microsoft illegally "tied" its browser to Windows …— Steven Levy
b : the return of a person to custody pending trial or for further detention On one side of the prison there was a block of prisoners on remand; on the other side were the convicts …— Jim Lewis and Tom Vanderbilt

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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

Verb The judge remanded the case for further consideration.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nick Lawton, who represented the environmental groups, said the judge’s order to remand the case back to USFS is a bit vague. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Apr. 2022 Franklin County Judge Thomas Wingate's announced intention to eventually remand the case to the stewards. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 11 Jan. 2022 Huntsman urged the 9th Circuit to reverse Wilson’s summary judgment and remand the case back to U.S. district court. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 The decision to remand Kabas was surprising in part because the climate for media workers had eased somewhat, after years in which Turkey was known as one of the world’s leading jailers of journalists, Onderoglu said. Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2022 From the airport, Poroshenko headed straight to court, which will rule on whether to remand him in custody pending investigation and trial. Fox News, 18 Jan. 2022 From the airport, Poroshenko is expected to head straight to court, which will rule on whether to remand him in custody pending investigation and trial. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 17 Jan. 2022 Michigan is seeking to remand the federal case back to Michigan courts. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 20 Oct. 2021 Michigan is seeking to remand the federal case back to Michigan courts. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of remand

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remand

Verb

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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“Remand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remand. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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remand

verb
re·​mand | \ ri-ˈmand How to pronounce remand (audio) \

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

remand

noun

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

Verb

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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