criminal action
The procedure by which a person accused of committing a crime is charged, brought to trial, and judged.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


criminal action
The procedure by which a person accused of committing a crime is charged, brought to trial, and judged.

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  • Criminal action — Criminal Crim i*nal (kr?m ? nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr. crimen: cf. F. criminel. See {Crime}.] 1. Guilty of crime or sin. [1913 Webster] The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God. Rogers. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • criminal action — criminal prosecution, claim in a criminal court (usually by the state or nation) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • criminal action — An action by the sovereign, that is the state or the United Stales, or instituted on behalf of the sovereign, against one charged with the commission of a criminal act, for the enforcement of the penalty or punishment prescribed by law. 1 Am J2d… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • criminal action — /ˌkrɪmɪn(ə)l ækʃən/ noun a court case brought by the state against someone who is charged with a crime …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • quasi-criminal action — A classification of actions such as violation of a city ordinance that is not also violation of a criminal statute, which are wrongs against the public punishable through fines but are not usually indictable offenses. Short Dictionary of (mostly… …   Law dictionary

  • action — ac·tion n [Latin actio legal proceeding, from agere to do, carry out, initiate legal proceedings] 1 a: a judicial proceeding for the enforcement or protection of a right, the redress or prevention of a wrong, or the punishment of a public offense …   Law dictionary

  • Criminal Assets Bureau — Agency overview Formed 1996 Legal personality Governmental: Government agency Jurisdictional structure Genera …   Wikipedia

  • criminal — crim·i·nal 1 / kri mə nəl/ adj 1: relating to, involving, or being a crime criminal neglect criminal conduct 2: relating to crime or its prosecution brought a criminal action criminal co …   Law dictionary

  • Criminal — Crim i*nal (kr?m ? nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr. crimen: cf. F. criminel. See {Crime}.] 1. Guilty of crime or sin. [1913 Webster] The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God. Rogers. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Criminal conversation — Criminal Crim i*nal (kr?m ? nal), a. [L. criminalis, fr. crimen: cf. F. criminel. See {Crime}.] 1. Guilty of crime or sin. [1913 Webster] The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God. Rogers. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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