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Glossary

  • Accused, the:
    The defendant or defendants appearing on a criminal charge.
  • Acquit:
    To pronounce 'Not guilty'
  • Apprehend:
    To arrest and escort into custody.
  • Arson:
    The act of deliberately or recklessly setting fire to another's property or to one's own for some improper reason.
  • Assault:
    An intentional or reckless act that causes immediate and unlawful violence to another.
  • Assize:
    The court up to the mid 20th century that tried the most serious crimes, including capital offences.