Bindover Hearing Law & Legal Definition


A bind over hearing is a probable cause hearing where the court determines whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute an accused person. It is a criminal hearing and is ordinarily conducted by a magistrate. If there is sufficient evidence:

a. The case will be set for trial or bound over for grand jury review; or

b. An information will be bound in the trial court.

A bindover hearing is also termed probable cause hearing, preliminary examination, preliminary hearing, or examining trial.