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An indictment ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} in-DYT-mənt), in the common law system, is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. In jurisdictions that use the concept of felonies, the most serious criminal offence is a felony; jurisdictions that do not use the concept of felonies often use that of an indictable offence—an offence that requires an indictment.

Historically, 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.


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Intro   India    United Kingdom    United States    Direct indictment    Sealed indictment    See also    References    External links   

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An indictment ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} in-DYT-mənt), in the common law system, is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. In jurisdictions that use the concept of felonies, the most serious criminal offence is a felony; jurisdictions that do not use the concept of felonies often use that of an indictable offence—an offence that requires an indictment.

Historically, 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.


Indictment sections
Intro   India    United Kingdom    United States    Direct indictment    Sealed indictment    See also    References    External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: India
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