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indictment

(ĭn-dīt′mĕnt)
First step in criminal procedure; a written accusation or charge that identifies the alleged offense that must be proved at trial, beyond a reasonable doubt, in order to convict the defendant.
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For these, the crown has the right to choose that the accused be prosecuted for the crime as an indictable offence.
"In 2007 over 10,000 more offenders were convicted at court for indictable offences, the most serious crimes.
Remanding Robinson in custody until July 30, when he will first appear at Newcastle Crown Court, District Judge Davinder Lachar said: "One charge is indictable only and these cases are linked, so I'm sending them to the crown court."
"It is not even indictable and is for having a defective vehicle."
But the figures only apply to indictable offences heard at Crown Courts, which are all serious enough to carry a potential prison sentence.
Since his alleged offence is indictable, it can only be heard in a Crown Court.
They are jointly charged with conspiring to rob Alan Johnson in Morpeth on Friday evening, and with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
The MoJ analysis showed that the three in four people involved in the riots who had at least one previous offence had committed an average of 15, including nine serious indictable crimes.
"Indictable offences are still being considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In the year 1900 there were 2.4 indictable crimes per thousand of population.
Brian Altman, prosecuting, said Adrian Razvan Pasareanu is to additionally face a charge of ``having a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence'' on or about October 25, 2002.
Fiona Varley, prosecuting, said the case was so serious, it was indictable only and had to be dealt with at the Crown Court.