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 (prē-trī′əl, -trīl′)
A proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points of law and facts.
1. Existing or occurring before a trial: pretrial detention; pretrial hearings.
2. Of or relating to a pretrial.


(priˈtraɪ əl, -ˈtraɪl)

1. a proceeding held by a judge, arbitrator, etc., before a trial to clarify issues of law and fact and stipulate certain matters between the parties.
2. of or pertaining to such a proceeding.
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Noun1.pretrial - (law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases
group discussion, conference - a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"


adj (Jur) → vor der Hauptverhandlung
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In his motion, Enrile cited Section 1(f) Rule 118 of the Rules of Court, which states that a pretrial conference should consider, among other things, "a fair and expeditious trial of the criminal and civil aspects of the case."
Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed an appropriations bill with an accompanying report that directs the Bureau of Justice Statistic (BJS) to collect information on pretrial detention.
In an effort to curtail prolonged pre-trial detention in Liberia, Serving Humanity for Development (SHED) and its partners have for the second time freed five pretrial detainees from the Gbarnga Central Prison in Bong County.SHED is a rights group that deals with strengthening the rights of prisoners within correctional facilities at grassroot levels in Liberia.
At a pre-trial hearing in February, Sloway pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned for a further pretrial hearing to take place.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the rise could be attributed to the active participation of PDEA lawyers in pretrial proceedings in drug cases.
"norm" is pretrial detention for nearly 450,000 people across
2017), the Court of Appeals held that pretrial evidentiary rulings addressed to the discretion of the court must be assigned as error in a motion for a new trial in order to properly preserve those objections for appellate review.
The U.S District Court for the District of Kansas issued the pretrial order in Digital Ally's litigation against Axon.
Pretrial defendants, despite being presumed innocent until proven guilty, can languish in jail, sometimes for months, without being convicted of a crime.
Accordingly, I attended the court ordered pretrial conference with my client and cleared my calendar for the rest of the afternoon with the expectation that we would be sent to mediate the case directly after the pretrial conference.
This pocket book explains the law governing the civil pretrial process and the skills that counsel must use during pretrial proceedings.