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The jury, accused, witnesses and defendant

the accused

noun

someone who is accused of a crime in a court of law

aggrieved

adjective

used about someone who is taking a case to court because they have been treated unfairly

alibi

noun

someone who has an alibi can prove that they were somewhere else when a crime was committed and so can claim to be not guilty

appellant

noun

someone who appeals against a decision of a court of law

challenge

noun

a refusal to accept someone as a member of a jury

challenge

verb

to refuse to accept someone as a member of a jury

complainant

noun

in a court of law, the person who has asked the court to judge their case

the court

noun

the people in a court, especially the judge and jury

defendant

noun

someone who has been accused of a crime and is on trial

expert witness

noun

an expert in a particular subject who is asked to give a court of law their opinion about technical details of a case

eyewitness

noun

someone who has seen something happen, especially a crime or an accident

foreman

noun

the person who is chosen to be the leader of a jury and to tell the court what decision the jury has reached

forewoman

noun

a woman who is chosen to be the leader of a jury

grand jury

noun

a group of people used in the US legal system for deciding whether someone accused of a crime should be brought to trial in a court of law

hung jury

noun

a jury that cannot reach a decision about whether someone is guilty

juror

noun

a member of a jury

jury

noun

a group of people, usually 12, who judge a court case. Members of a jury are ordinary members of the public: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

jury duty

noun

jury service

jury service

noun

the obligation to be part of a jury in a court, or time spent doing this

litigant

noun

someone who is involved in a disagreement that is being examined in a court of law

McKenzie Friend

noun

a person who is allowed to help someone who is arguing a case in a court of law without using a lawyer

misdirect

verb

if a judge misdirects a jury, he gives them the wrong information or instructions

petitioner

noun

someone who gives a court an official document in which they ask it to take legal action

petitioner

noun

someone who asks a court to officially allow them to get divorced

plaintiff

noun

someone who brings a legal case against someone else in a court of law. The person against whom the case is brought is called the defendant.

respondent

noun

the defendant in a court case, especially someone who is getting divorced

third party

noun

a person or organization that is not one of the two main people or organizations involved in a legal agreement or case

unreliable

adjective

an unreliable witness is someone whose evidence is unlikely to be accepted in a court of law

witness

noun

someone who sees a crime, accident, or other event happen

witness

noun

someone who tells a court what they know about a crime

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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