Mock Jury Vocabulary

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Acquittal
A legal determination that a person who has been charged with a crime is innocent
Appeal
A request for a higher court to review a decision made by a lower court
Arraignment
When the accused is brought before the court to hear the charges against the person to plead guilty or not guilty
Conviction
The result of a criminal trial in which a person is found guilty
Cross-examination
The questioning of a witness by the lawyer for the opposing side
Direct-examination
The first questioning in a trial of a witness by the lawyer who called that witness
Indictment
An accusation of a crime, made against a person by a grand jury upon the request of a prosecutor
Information
An accusation of a crime, made against a person by the prosecutor
Mistrial
A trial that becomes invalid, is essentially canceled, because of a mistake in procedure
Motion
How a lawyer asks the judge to make a desicion
Objection
The opposing side finds fault with the question being asked the witness
Overruled
The judge, following an objection, decides the questions may continue
Sentence
The punishment given to a person who has been convicted of a crime
Sustained
The judge, following an objection, agrees that the line of questioning should not continue
Verdict
A verdict of guilty or not guilty is handed down by the jury
Your honor
The way a judge is addressed in a courtroom
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