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.

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The court also remanded the 1977 claims to the district court. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No.," 11 July 2018 The Second Circuit remanded the case for further proceedings, putting the federal judiciary one step closer to legal discovery and a potential jury trial on the content of Cheez-Its. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cheez-Its and the Judiciary," 17 Dec. 2018 The Wisconsin Court of Appeals remanded Avery’s case back to Sutkiewicz, asking the lower court to address whether a CD — which Zellner argued was kept from Avery until April but contains exculpatory evidence — can be submitted into the record. German Lopez, Vox, "The first season was a huge hit, and quite a bit has happened since it premiered.," 18 Oct. 2018 Christian was remanded to the Lake County jail on a $20,000 bond. Staff Report,, "Vernon Hills police: Shoplifter wrestled store security, fled in waiting car," 27 Apr. 2018 That led the judge to remand them both into custody and increase their original $15,000 bond to $250,000. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Judge denies bond request for man convicted in dog attack that maimed San Antonio senior," 31 Jan. 2018 Ruling against Comcast In the separate ruling against Comcast, appeals court judges said the US District Court improperly dismissed ESN's complaint against Comcast and remanded the case back to District Court. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules," 19 Nov. 2018 He was remanded by Judge Ramon Reyes and scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Friday. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Alleged Gang Member Is Charged in Attempted Murders," 11 Oct. 2018 Musleh was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals. Fox News, "Suburban Indianapolis man pleads guilty to terrorism," 23 May 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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