GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND PHRASES COMMONLY USED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

Sometimes the simplest of things can create the most confusion and anxiety:

 

Understanding the language used by the criminal justice system can be an overwhelming challenge. The terminology used by judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys during the investigation and prosecution of a crime can be unfamiliar and intimidating to a crime victim.

The following link is a handy and easy-to-use list of definitions of the most commonly used wording you might hear or read during your proceedings. It will give you a better understanding of what is happening in and outside the courtroom.