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  • preliminary

    Introductory, preparatory, preceding, or leading up to the main matter of business. For example, a preliminary injunction comes before a permanent injunction....

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  • preliminary examination/hearing

    A proceeding before a judicial officer in which evidence is presented so that the court can determine whether there is probable (sufficient) cause to hold the accused for trial on a felony charge....

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  • presentence report

    A report prepared by the probation department for the judge when sentencing a defendant. Describes defendant's background financial, job, and family status; community ties; criminal history; and facts...

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  • presiding judge/justice

    In a court with more than 1 judicial officer, the judge/justice that acts as administrator of the court's business....

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  • pretrial conference

    A meeting of the judge and lawyers to plan a trial, discuss which matters should be presented to the jury, review proposed evidence and witnesses, and set a trial schedule. Typically, the judge and th...

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  • pretrial services

    Services provided by a local agency to investigate a criminal defendant's background so a judge can decide whether or not to release the defendant from custody before trial....

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  • prima facie

    Not requiring further support to establish existence, credibility, or validity; from the Latin for "from first view." A prima facie case is sufficient on its face because it is supported by the necess...

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  • Primary Physical Custody

    A type of court order in which a child lives with one parent more than the other parent....

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  • prior

    A term generally used to refer to a previous conviction....

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  • privilege

    An advantage not enjoyed by all; a special exemption from prosecution or other lawsuits. (See also immunity.)...

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  • probable cause

    A reasonable basis for assuming that a charge or fact is well founded....

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  • probate

    The judicial process to determine if a will of a dead person (called the "decedent") is genuine or not; lawful distribution of a decedent's estate....

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  • probation

    (1) A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases a convicted defendant under supervision of a probation officer that makes certain that the defendant follows certain rules, for...

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  • probation officer

    Officers of the probation department of a court. A probation officer's duties include conducting presentence investigations, preparing presentence reports on convicted defendants, and supervising rele...

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  • probation report

    See also presentence report....

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