bill of indictment


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Bill of Indictment

A formal written document that is drawn up by a government prosecutor accusing a designated person of having committed a felony or misdemeanor and which is presented to a Grand Jury so that it may take action upon it.

bill of indictment (US)

a formal document accusing a person or persons of crime, formerly presented to a grand jury for certification as a true bill but now signed by a court official.

BILL OF INDICTMENT. A written accusation of one or more persons, of a crime or misdemeanor, lawfully presented to a grand jury, convoked, to consider whether there is sufficient evidence of the charge contained therein to put the accused on trial. It is returned to the court with an indorsement of true bill (q. v.) when the grand jury are satisfied that the accused ought to be tried; or ignoramus, when they are ignorant of any just cause to put the accused upon hi.% trial.

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However, it was revealed earlier this year the the SFO was trying to resurrect the case using an unusual legal procedure known as a voluntary bill of indictment, which would have allowed it to resurrect the criminal proceedings.
A spokesman for the SFO said yesterday: "The High Court has today refused an application by the Serious Fraud Office for a Voluntary Bill of Indictment in the matter of R v Evans, Whiteley, Bodman, Davies, Walters and Humphreys.
the awaited bill of indictment that will be issued by the tribunal and
The request for the enquiry was filed by current 'prime minister' of the north Ferdi Sabit Soyer to the north's 'chief prosecutor' after sections of the bill of indictment to be presented against Ergenekon suspects in the Turkish courts were published in a Turkish Cypriot newspaper.
Austin American-Statesman, 9/14/05; Travis County District Court Bill of Indictment, Thomas Dale DeLay, 9/28/05; CQ Weekly, 3/20/2004; San Antonio Express-News, 3/15/2004; Austin American- Statesman, 2/26/2004; FEC,4/8/2004; Texas Ethics Commission, 4/8/2004; AP, 3/20/04; Houston Chronicle, 10/15/05]
Despite this it has now emerged that the Serious Fraud Office has asked the High Court for a voluntary bill of indictment, a rare procedure which would allow criminal proceedings to be started afresh despite the earlier ruling.
But it has now emerged the Serious Fraud O"ce has asked the High Court for a voluntary bill of indictment, a rare procedure which, if granted, would allow criminal proceedings to be started afresh despite the earlier ruling.