charging document | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

A charging document is a document that, when filed with the court, begins formal criminal proceedings against the defendant, such as complaints, informations, and indictments.

This term is used generically because the precise type of document depends on the charging method used by the particular jurisdiction, and what they call the document.

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Last Modified: 06/29/2021

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