Criminal Defense GLOSSARY
Glossary of Criminal Defense Terms
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Sentence: The punishment ordered by a court for a
defendant convicted of a crime.
Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to
the appropriate party.
Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference
without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of
compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's
Sequester: To separate. Sometimes juries are sequestered
from outside influences during their deliberations.
Sidebar: A conference between the judge and lawyers held
out of earshot of the jury and spectators.
Simple assault: attempted assaults where no weapon was
used and which did not result in serious injury to the victim.
Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within
which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give
Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce
Summary judgement: A decision made on the basis of
statements and evidence presented for the record without a trial. It
is used when there is no dispute as to the facts of the case, and
one party is entitled to judgement as a matter of law.