When the Grand Jury issues a formal charge which states there is enough evidence to suggest the defendant could have committed the crime; this is deemed to be justification for a trial. Indictments are normally used in felony cases.

On the 26th of June, accompanied by fourteen others, he presented to the grand jury of Westminster an indictment of the duke of York as a Popish recusant.

Synonyms: complaint, count, allegation, citation





This is a court order which prevents a named party or parties from taking any action. A preliminary injunction is normally issued to give the judge enough time to determine if a permanent injunction is justified.

An anti-smoke injunction in 1908 closed the furnaces in the immediate vicinity of Salt Lake City.

Synonyms: order, ruling, directive, command, instruction; decree, edict, dictum, dictate, fiat, mandate, writ; warning, caution, admonition

* These terms are general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Different states may define terms differently. These terms are not designed to be legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always seek advice from an attorney licensed in your state who is familiar with how your jurisdiction defines key legal terms that are important in your particular matter.


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