formal accusal
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Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • arraignment — I noun accusation, accusation in court, allegation of criminal wrongdoing, crimination through law enforcement, delation by criminal charges, formal accusal, imputation from criminal proceeding, incrimination, inculpation by prosecution, judicial …   Law dictionary

  • information — in·for·ma·tion n: an instrument containing a formal accusation of a crime that is issued by a prosecuting officer and that serves the same function as an indictment presented by a grand jury compare complaint 2, indictment ◇ About half the states …   Law dictionary

  • accusation — ac·cu·sa·tion /ˌa kyə zā shən/ n 1: a formal charge of wrongdoing, delinquency, or fault the accused shall enjoy the right...to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation U.S. Constitution amend. VI compare allegation …   Law dictionary

  • indictment — in·dict·ment /in dīt mənt/ n 1: the action or the legal process of indicting 2 a: a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a grand jury that charges a person or persons with an offense compare complaint, informati …   Law dictionary

  • complaint — com·plaint n 1: the initial pleading that starts a lawsuit and that sets forth the allegations made by the plaintiff against the defendant and the plaintiff s demand for relief see also prayer, process, well pleaded complaint rule compare …   Law dictionary

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