Purposes of criminal pre-trial procedures


The main purpose of bail is to uphold the presumption of innocence in the justice system, by formally allowing the accused to maintain his or her freedom until the date of trial.

Additionally, bail grants the accused sufficient time and opportunity to prepare a case with his or her lawyer.


The main purposes of remand are to protect society from the accused, and to ensure the accused’s appearance in court. Additionally, it can help ensure that a trial is fair, as the accused can not interfere with witnesses.

Committal hearing

The main purpose of committal hearings is to ensure efficiency in the operation of County and Supreme courts, as they will not have to waste time with weak prosecution cases.

See also:

Bail and remand

Committal hearings