Preliminary Hearing Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Preliminary Hearing, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Preliminary Hearing?

In the court of law where criminal cases are concerned, the proceeding known as preliminary hearing, takes place before the judicial officer, after the prosecutor files a criminal lawsuit against the defendant.This initial hearing takes place to determine whether the accused defendant has commited any crime, and whether the crime has been commited in the courts’ jurisdiction and finally whether there is sufficient explanation or cause to believe whether the defendant have commited a crime.In the preliminary hearing, the accused defendant are sometimes counselled by the counsel too.