criminal procedure
criminal procedure n: the steps taken and methods used in bringing and conducting a criminal action; also: a course of study in the rules of procedure in criminal actions

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

criminal procedure
n.
The body of law that governs actions in criminal courts, including investigation, prosecution, and punishment.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


criminal procedure
The legal rules dealing with investigating, prosecuting, adjudicating, and punishing individuals for violating criminal laws. The rules, whether federal or state, may cover procedural issues such as criminal arraignment, bail, pretrial release, preliminary hearings, plea bargaining, criminal trials, and criminal discovery. Compare: civil procedure
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


criminal procedure
The framework of laws and rules that govern the administration of justice in cases involving an individual who has been accused of a crime, beginning with the initial investigation of the crime and concluding either with the unconditional release of the accused by virtue of acquittal (a judgment of not guilty) or by the imposition of a term of punishment pursuant to a conviction for the crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


criminal procedure
The framework of laws and rules that govern the administration of justice in cases involving an individual who has been accused of a crime, beginning with the initial investigation of the crime and concluding either with the unconditional release of the accused by virtue of acquittal (a judgment of not guilty) or by the imposition of a term of punishment pursuant to a conviction for the crime.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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