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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 a violation of the law.
Crime An act that breaks a law and causes harm to people or society in general.
Penal Code A states written criminal laws.
Parole to grant a prisoner an early release from prison, with certain restrictions.
Mandatory Sentencing Punishments that judges must impose according to what the law directs.
Arraignment A hearing in which a suspect is charges and pleads guilty or not guilty.
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 Delinquent A child or teenager who committed a serious crime or repeatedly breaks the law.
Rehabilitate To correct a person behavior.
Created by: keylireyes