Bindover Hearing Law and 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.