The notice taken by a grand jury of any offence from their own knowledge or observation, without any bill of indictment laid before them, as, the presentment of a nuisance, a libel, or the like; also, an inquisition of office and indictment by a grand jury; an official accusation presented to a tribunal by the grand jury in an indictment, or the act of offering an indictment; also, the indictment itself.
The official notice (formerly required to be given in court) of the surrender of a copyhold estate.
A charge or accusation.
Strictly speaking, notice of a crime taken by a grand jury on its own without a bill of indictment by the state. In a more general sense, it also includes grand jury indictments.
Statement made by a sworn jury. (Bennett, Judith M. Women in the Medieval English Countryside, 234)
an accusation of crime made by a grand jury on its own initiative
a grand jury communication to the public concerning the grand jury's investigation
an accusation issued by the grand jury on its own knowledge, without any bill of indictment having been previously drawn up by the prosecutor
a notice taken by a
a written accusation by a grand jury, made on its own motion
Act of presenting a statement of action to an authority, as in a grand jury to a judge.
in the archives of Quarter Sessions courts, a statement of fact by the grand jury, a justice of the peace, or officers such as high constables or petty constables.
a statement by the jury of matters to be dealt with by the manorial court
Declaration or document issued by a grand jury that either makes a neutral report or notes misdeeds by officials charged with specified public duties. It ordinarily does not include a formal charge of crime. A presentment differs from an indictment.
An accusation initiated by the grand jury itself, not from an information.
Declaration or document issued by grand jury on its own initiative, making accusation. Compare indictment.