pre·tri·al /ˌprē-'trī-əl/ adj: existing or occurring before trial
a pretrial motion
a pretrial detainee

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

Before trial begins.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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