Indictment in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of indictment.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Indictment

(You may find indictment at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

formerly also endictment, c. 1300, endytement “action of accusing,” from Anglo-French and Old French enditement, from enditer “accuse, indict” (see indict). Meaning “formal legal document containing a charge proved before a grand jury” is from c. 1500. Latin spelling restored 17c.

Meaning of Indictment in Spanish

Description/ translation of indictment into Spanish: (in the law of England and Wales/ en el derecho de Inglaterra y Gales) escrito de acusación (en el derecho español equivale aproximadamente al “escrito de conclusiones de la acusación o del fiscal”. (in the law of the United States/ en el derecho de los Estados Unidos) acta de acusación (documento o escrito en el que se consignan los cargos que, en opinión del Gran Jurado, justifican someter a juicio al acusado)[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where indictment belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Indictment published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Indictment Meaning in the U.S. Court System

The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed a crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies. See also “information.”

Meaning of Indictment in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Indictment published by the National Association for Court Management: A written accusation by a grand jury charging a person with a crime.

Indictment (Criminal Judicial Process)





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