Pretrial Services Law and Legal Definition

Pretrial services are functions performed by a federal court before committing a person to trial. It involves screening services and investigation which may lead to community supervision that takes place after a person has been charged and arrested with a federal crime. At times, pretrial service also includes electronic monitoring for selected individuals. Pretrial services officers will conduct an investigation about arrested person’s background. On the basis of such investigation reports the courts decide whether or not to release an arrested person before trial. Upon release of an accused by a court, pretrial services officer supervises such person in the community until s/he returns to court.