Instructions: Use the definitions below to discover the correct term and then find the term in the puzzle.
- A trial that takes place before a judge, but without a jury, in which the judge makes the decision. Sometimes called a court trial.
- A declaration of the charges against an accused person that is presented to a grand jury to determine whether enough evidence exists for an indictment.
- Refers to the highest level of proof required to win a case; necessary in criminal cases to procure a guilty verdict.
- A prison term that is determined by law and states a specific period of time to be served.
- An order from a trial judge to the jury stating that the jury must acquit the accused because the prosecution has not proved its case.
- A term describing a jury in a criminal case that is deadlocked or that cannot produce a unanimous verdict.
- The discrediting of a witness.
- A prison term that does not state a specific period of time to be served or date of release.
- A written statement of the facts of the offense that is charged against the accused.
- A formal, written accusation against a defendant submitted to the court by a prosecutor.
- A sentence determined by law that establishes the minimum length of prison time that may be served for an offense.
- The decision of a grand jury not to indict an accused person because of insufficient evidence. Also called “no true bill.”
- The right of both the prosecution and the defense attorney to have a juror dismissed before trial without stating a reason.
- A compromise reached by the defendant, the defendant’s attorney, and the prosecutor in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest in return for a reduction of the charges’ severity, dismissal of some charges, further information about the offense or about others involved in it, or the prosecutor’s agreement to recommend a desired sentence.
- The report prepared by a probation officer to assist a judge in sentencing.
- A sentence that may be adjusted by the judge depending on aggravating or mitigating factors.
- The questioning of a witness about issues uncovered during cross-examination.
- A set of rules concerning the sentencing for a specified set of offenses that seeks to create uniform sentencing policy by directing the judge to consider certain facts about the offense and the defendant when determining the sentence.
- The decision of grand jury that sufficient evidence exists to indict an accused person.
- The list or pool from which jurors are chosen.
- French for “to see, to speak.” Refers to the questioning of jurors by a judge and/or attorneys to determine whether individual jurors are appropriate for a particular jury panel.