Detention Hearing Law and Legal Definition

Detention Hearing refers to a proceeding before a judge to determine whether an accused is to be detained, continue to be detained or released while the proceedings are pending in his/her case. The government may want the accused held without bail while the case is pending. So the government may file a motion for detention, and a judge will hear evidence to determine whether the accused should be detained or released on conditions. In most cases the accused are detained where a judge finds that there are reasons to believe that the accused committed a crime with a possible sentence for long period. If the accused is to be released on conditions, a combination of conditions of release will be stipulated that will ensure that the accused will appear in court and not harm the community.