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Instructions: Use the definitions below to discover the correct term and then find the term in the puzzle.


  1. A trial that takes place before a judge, but without a jury, in which the judge makes the decision. Sometimes called a court trial.

  2. 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.

  3. Refers to the highest level of proof required to win a case; necessary in criminal cases to procure a guilty verdict.

  4. A prison term that is determined by law and states a specific period of time to be served.

  5. 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.

  6. A term describing a jury in a criminal case that is deadlocked or that cannot produce a unanimous verdict.

  7. The discrediting of a witness.

  8. A prison term that does not state a specific period of time to be served or date of release.

  9. A written statement of the facts of the offense that is charged against the accused.

  10. A formal, written accusation against a defendant submitted to the court by a prosecutor.

  11. A sentence determined by law that establishes the minimum length of prison time that may be served for an offense.

  12. The decision of a grand jury not to indict an accused person because of insufficient evidence. Also called “no true bill.”

  13. The right of both the prosecution and the defense attorney to have a juror dismissed before trial without stating a reason.

  14. 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.

  15. The report prepared by a probation officer to assist a judge in sentencing.

  16. A sentence that may be adjusted by the judge depending on aggravating or mitigating factors.

  17. The questioning of a witness about issues uncovered during cross-examination.

  18. 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.

  19. The decision of grand jury that sufficient evidence exists to indict an accused person.

  20. The list or pool from which jurors are chosen.

  21. 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.


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