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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   punishment that judges must impose according to what the 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 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 commits a serious crime or repeatedly breaks the law  
rehabilitate   to correct a persons behavior  


   






 
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