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Chapter 16 & Stuff

complaint a statement naming the plaintiff and the defendant and describing the lawsuit
summons a document that announces that the defendant is being sued
discovery the lawyers on each side have an opportunity to check facts and gather evidence by questioning the other party and possible witnesses
settlement the parties agree on an amount of money that the defendant will pay to the plaintiff
prosecution the party who starts 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 defined in each state's written criminal laws
parole a parole board decides whether or not to grant a prisoner early release from prison
mandatory sentencing judges must impose whatever sentence the law directs
arraignment the defendant then appears in court for a procedure
testimony the answers they give whole under oath will be "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."
cross-examine to question a witness at a trial or a hearing to check or discredit the testimony
acquittal a vote of not guilty, after which the defendant is immediately released
hung jury when a jury cannot agree on a verdict, even after many votes
juvenile anyone under the age of 18
juvenile delinquent people who are under the age 18 who commit a crime
rehabilitate correct a person's behavior rather then punish a person
Created by: roberthowell