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The legal process

The following vocabulary is useful for understanding and discussing the legal process.

  • To arrest someone – to take someone into custody
  • A trial – when the evidence against the accused person is considered by a judge and jury
  • Verdict – the decision as to whether the defendant is innocent or guilty
  • Appeal – when the final decision made by the judge is challenged
  • Confession – when the accused person admits they are guilty
  • Testimony – a written or spoken statement
  • Immunity – when a criminal is not prosecuted for their crime(s) in exchange for their testimony about another criminal