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Chapter 16 Vocab, Civil and Criminal Law, in Civics Today NC textbook


a person or party filing a lawsuit


an individual or group being sued or charged with a crime


a court order commanding a person or group to stop a certain action


a formal notice that a lawsuit is being brought


a notice directing someone to appear in court to answer a complaint or a charge


an act that breaks a law and causes harm to people or society in general


a hearing in which a suspect is charged and pleads guilty or not guilty


the statement a witness makes under oath


to question a witness at a trial or a hearing to check or discredit the testimony


a vote of not guilty

Hung jury

a jury that cannot agree on a verdict


a person not yet legally an adult

Juvenile delinquent

a child or teenager who commits a serious crime or repeatedly breaks the law


to correct a person's behavior

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