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Legal Lingo in Criminal Law

What is Legalese? – Legalese refers to “legal English” or language that is full of legal terminology, phrases, terms or academic words. It is a traditional style of legal writing, but it is often reader unfriendly. Therefore, we have set out many common terms used in Criminal Law/Courts to assist in understanding legal terminology in plain language.

If you have a legal matter and require further information, feel free to contact our office. One of our experienced criminal lawyers would be happy to assist.

1. Accusation – a claim that a person has committed a crime.

2. Accused – a person who is alleged to have committed a crime.

3. Acquittal – when the court finds the accused person not guilty of committing the alleged crime.