Criminal Defense GLOSSARY
Glossary of Criminal Defense Terms
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Default judgement: A judgement rendered because of the
defendant's failure to answer or appear.
Defendant: In a criminal case, the person accused of the
Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer
authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often
taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be
used later in trial.
Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts
and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers
prepare for trial.
Docket: A log containing brief entries of court