Jurisdiction ju·ris·dic·tion /ˌjo͝orisˈdikSHən/ noun Relates to a court’s legal authority to hear and decide certain types of cases. Also refers to the geographic area where the court is allowed to decide cases. The case was out of the court’s jurisdiction. Synonyms:authority, control, power, dominion, rule, administration, command, sway, leadership, sovereignty, hegemony

Nolo Contendre

Nolo Contendre no·lo con·ten·de·re /ˌnōlō kənˈtendərē/ noun Also known as ‘no contest’, this is a plea similar to a guilty plea when it comes to a criminal sentence but it cannot be considered as an admission of guilt otherwise. The man pleaded nolo contendre to his driving under the influence charges. Synonyms: no contest


Parole pa·role /pəˈrōl/ noun When the U.S Parole Commission releases an inmate once the individual has completed part of his/her sentence in a federal jail. A U.S probation officer supervises the released inmate. The 1984 Sentencing Reform Act got rid of parole and recommended a system where the jail sentence allocated by the court was the sentence served by the …


Prosecute pros·e·cute /ˈpräsiˌkyo͞ot/ verb When someone is charged with a crime. A prosecutor is hired to find the evidence to convict the accused. The state decided to prosecute the defendant. Synonyms: take to court, bring/institute legal proceedings against, bring an action against, take legal action against, sue, try, impeach, bring to trial, put on trial, put in the dock, bring …

Statute of Limitations

Statute of Limitations stat·ute of lim·i·ta·tions /ˈstaCHo͞ot/əv/ˌliməˈtāSHəns/ noun In some cases, a lawsuit must be filed or a criminal prosecution needs to begin within a set period of time which varies depending on the type of crime/civil case. Seven years had passed since the crime had been committed, so the statue of limitations prevented the prosecution with filing charges.

Exclusionary Rule

Exclusionary Rule ex·clu·sion·ar·y rule /ikˈsklo͞oZHəˌnerē ˌro͞ol/ noun This relates to evidence found to have been obtained in violation of a criminal defendant’s statutory and constitutional rights; such evidence is to be ‘excluded’ and is inadmissible in court. Because the suppressed evidence was not the product of an illegal seizure, the exclusionary rule does not apply. Synonyms: rule of evidence