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Georgia preliminary hearings (also called commitment or committal hearings)  are interesting creatures. An accused who either has no bail bond or is unable to afford bond and who requests a preliminary hearing is entitled to a hearing. However, the posting of bail bond constitutes a waiver of the right to a preliminary hearing.

At a preliminary hearing, evidence must be presented by the prosecutor and can be presented by defendant. Guilt or innocence is not an issue at a preliminary hearing. The only issue is whether or not sufficient legal reason exists to bind the case over for trial.

The following links will take you to excerpts from materials I prepared for a lecture to new attorneys. It contains some legalese, but should answer most of your questions involving preliminary hearings and their importance.

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