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A remand and an adjournment are effectively the same thing with two qualifications referred to below.
A remand or an adjournment is the term we use when a Court hearing to be put off or postponed.
The word remand is also used only in criminal cases.
The American term you might see on television from time to time is the word continuance. You will hear a lawyer on a television programme say "Your Honour, I request a continuance!" That lawyer is simply asking for a postponement of the case.
In New Zealand we use the word ‘remand’ or ‘adjournment’.
An adjournment is used in any civil case when you asking for the case to be postponed or delayed. You might be asking the case to be adjourned to a time later in the day or you might be asking for a case to be adjourned to another date.
The word adjournment is used in a civil trial relating to the postponement of that case.
The term remand is used in criminal proceedings. It effectively means the same thing. If someone is remanded it means that his or her case is postponed to another date.
Sometimes the word adjournment is used in a criminal case but it means the same thing. If the criminal case is not punishable by any possibility of imprisonment then the case is adjourned rather than remanded.
The term "criminal case " is used rather loosely because a criminal case is generally a case which comes before the Court where a person has committed an offence and can be punished.
But there are many cases where imprisonment is not open to the Court such as minor driving offences, some Sale of Liquor Act offences, fishing without a quota, some minor traffic cases, hunting without a licence and a whole host of those kinds of minor cases.
They are technically in the "Criminal Court" but such cases can be adjourned rather than remanded.
A remand usually involves bail - see the Index subject on - Bail
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