Definitions for acquittaləˈkwɪt l
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a judgment of not guilty
The act of acquitting; discharge from debt or obligation; acquittance.
A setting free, or deliverance from the charge of an offense, by verdict of a jury or sentence of a court.
the act of acquitting; discharge from debt or obligation; acquittance
a setting free, or deliverance from the charge of an offense, by verdict of a jury or sentence of a court
In the common law tradition, an acquittal formally certifies that the accused is free from the charge of an offense, as far as the criminal law is concerned. This is so even where the prosecution is abandoned nolle prosequi. Under the rules of double jeopardy and autrefois acquit, an acquittal operates to bar the retrial of the accused for the same offense, even if new evidence surfaces that further implicates the accused. The effect of an acquittal on criminal proceedings is the same whether it results from a jury verdict, or whether it results from the operation of some other rule that discharges the accused. Scots law has two acquittal verdicts: not guilty and not proven. However a verdict of "not proven" does not give rise to the double jeopardy rule.
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