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 Last week, a court decided to remand Mr. Melia into custody, and Parliament voted to strip him of his immunity. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Georgian Police Detain Opposition Leader as Worries Over Democracy Mount," 23 Feb. 2021 The Court of Appeals could also remand Edwards's decision and send the case back to Jefferson Circuit Court to decide on it again, with the rulings of the appellate court to be used as a guide. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'No JCPS Tax Hike' group files notice of appeal to court ruling that struck down petition," 16 Nov. 2020 Evan Mulholland, a lawyer for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, countered that the courts have the authority to remand when an agency's findings aren't adequate. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Supreme Court hears argument that PolyMet misrepresented its intent for mine," 5 Nov. 2020 Lastly, the Court of Appeals could remand the decision and send the case back to Jefferson Circuit Court to decide on it again, with the rulings of the appellate court to be used as a guide. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "An appeal is likely in the JCPS property tax petition case. Here's what to know," 2 Nov. 2020 Rusesabagina, 66, was appealing against last week's ruling to remand him for 30 days. Stephanie Busari, CNN, "Paul Rusesabagina of 'Hotel Rwanda' appears in court again seeking bail after arrest on terrorism charges," 26 Sep. 2020 Only a last-minute deal to remand the six to a kind of house arrest in Qatar allowed the opening of peace talks on Sept. 12. Najim Rahim, New York Times, "He Killed 2 Marines in 2011. It Almost Derailed Peace Talks This Month.," 22 Sep. 2020 Waldron did not remand Perilloux into custody after the verdicts. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "St. John Parish Judge Jeff Perilloux convicted of four sex crimes with juveniles," 12 Sep. 2020 Adam Smith, an attorney with Deschutes County, said the county plans to challenge LUBA’s decision to reverse rather than remand the second decision. oregonlive, "Deschutes County appeals ruling reversing ban on marijuana operations near youth activity centers," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of remand was in the 15th century

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“Remand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remand. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for remand

remand

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remand

law
US : to send (a case) back to another court of law to be tried or dealt with again
: to order (someone) to go somewhere

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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