Definitions for indictmentɪnˈdaɪt mənt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word indictment
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an act of indicting.
a formal accusation by a grand jury, initiating a criminal case.
any charge, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
the state of being indicted.
Origin of indictment:
1275–1325; ME enditement < AF; (see indite,-ment )
indictment, bill of indictment(noun)
a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
an accusation of wrongdoing
"the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"
an official written accusation on behalf of the government for a serious offence; a document outlining serious charges of an accused
the act of indicting, or the state of being indicted
the formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand jury
an accusation in general; a formal accusation
An indictment, in the common law system, is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. In jurisdictions that maintain the concept of felonies, the most serious criminal offence is a felony; jurisdictions that lack the concept of felonies often use that of an indictable offence—an offence that requires an indictment. In most common law jurisdictions, an indictment was handed up by a grand jury, which returned a "true bill" if it found cause to make the charge, or "no bill" if it did not find cause. The right of one accused of a felony or serious crime to have the charges reviewed for probable cause by a grand jury before being tried by a petit jury, except for certain cases tried in courts-martial, is secured by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, but this has been abolished in most parts of the world.
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