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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 charge
discovery the opportunity for lawyers to check facts and gather information
settlement a large case, the amount of money the defendant
prosecution party who starts the legal proceedings against another party
crime an act that breaks the law and causes harm to people or society in general
penal code a state's written criminal laws
parole to grant a prisoner an early release from prison
mandatory sentencing where someone is required to be sentenced without trial
arraignment a hearing where a suspect is charged and pleads guilty or not
testimony the statement a witness makes under oath
cross-examine a question a witness on the other party
acquittal a vote of not guilty
hung jury when jury dose not decide weather guilty or not guilty
juvenile a not yet legal adult
juvenile delinquent a non adult who commits a crime or felony
rehabilitate to correct a persons behavior