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The Legal Dictionary states that the purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine in a court of law whether there is substantial evidence to proceed with a criminal trial for someone charged with a felony. A prelimin... More »

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A preliminary hearing determines whether there is enough evidence to force an individual to stand trial, but it does not determine guilt or innocence. According to Nolo, a preliminary hearing allows both the prosecution ... More »

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Waiving the right to a preliminary hearing gives the court permission to send the defendant's case directly to trial, according to Rule 541 of the Pennsylvania Code. To initiate a waiver, the defendant agrees in writing ... More »

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