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chapter 16

complaint a formal notice that a lawsuit is being brought
summons a notice directing someone to appear in court to answer a complaint or a charge
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 party who starts the legal proceedings against another party for violation of the law
crime an act at breaks a law and causes harm to people or society in general
penal code a states written criminal law
parole to grant a prisoner an early release from prison, with certain restrictions
mandatory sentencing punishment that a judges must impose according to what that law directs
arraignment a hearing in which a suspect is charged and pleads guilty or not guilty
testimony a statement a witness makes under oath
cross-examine to question a witness at at 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 delinquent a child or teenager who commits a serious crime or repeatedly breaks the law
rehabilitate to correct a persons behavior
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