All About Preliminary Hearings, or "Prelims"
Preliminary hearings, often referred to as "prelims," require the prosecutor to show enough credible evidence to a judge to convince that judge to send the case on to trial.
The Difference Between a Preliminary Hearing and a Trial
Preliminary hearings differ from trials in many important respects:
Winning at a Preliminary Hearing
Most of the time, prosecutor's win prelims. Careful prosecutors don't bring cases that might not stand up to the judge's scrutiny.
Why does the prosecution usually win at a preliminary hearing?
When does it make sense to waive the preliminary hearing?
Can the testimony given at a preliminary hearing be used later in the case?