Criminal Defense GLOSSARY
Glossary of Criminal Defense Terms
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Judge: Government official with authority to decide
lawsuits brought before courts. Other judicial officers in the U.S.
courts system are Supreme Court justices.
Judgement: The official decision of a court finally
determining the respective rights and claims of the parties to a
Jurisdiction: The legal authority of a court to hear and
decide a case.
Jury: Persons selected according to law and sworn to inquire
into and declare a verdict on matters of fact.
Jurisprudence: The study of law and the structure of the