Bill of Indictment – an instrument containing a criminal charge, presented to a grand jury by a prosecutor, used by the jury to determine if there’s enough evidence to formally charge the accused with a crime

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bill of indictment:

1. An instrument presented to a grand jury and used by the jury to declare whether there is enough evidence to formally charge the accused with a crime.[1]

1. The name properly applied to that paper which contains a  criminal charge, before the paper is handed out to the grand jury.  After it is found and all the blanks are filled in, it is called an “indictment.”  When it is thus made perfect, it must be decided to be valid or invalid, according to the requirements of the law. State v Ray, 24 Sct. (Rice L) 1. [2]

1. A term for the formal document issued by a prosecutor, containing a criminal charge, before it is presented to the grand jury.  if the grand jury determines the charge to be true, the bill is referred to as an indictment. [3]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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