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COMPLAINT A statement naming the plaintiff and the defendant and describing the lawsuit.
SUMMONS A document that announa that the defendant is being sued, and sets a date and time for an appearance in court.
DISCOVERY Process by which attorneys have opportunity to check facts and gather evidence.
SETTLEMENT In a legal case, the amount of money the defendant agrees to pay the plaintiff.
PROSECUTION The party who start the legal proceedings against another party for a violation of the law.
CRIME An act that breaks a federal or state criminal law and causes harm to people or society.
PENAL CODE Crimes are defined in each state's written criminal laws.
PAROLE To grant a prisoner an early release from prison, with certain restrictions.
MANDATORY SENTENCING Judges must impose whatever sentence the law directs.
ARRAIGNMENT The defendant then appears in court for a procedure.
TESTIMONY The statement a witness makes under oath.
CROSS-EXAMINE To question a witness at a trial or a hearing to check or discredit the testimony.
ACQUITTAL A vote of not guilty.
HUNG JURY A jury that cannot agree on a verdict
JUVENILE A person not yet legally an adult.
JUVENILE DELIQUIENT A child or teenager who commits a serious crime or repeatedly breaks the law.
REHABILITATE To correct a person's behavior.
Created by: ILIANAE