bill of indictment

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A formal written document containing the charges to which the accused will plead at trial in the Crown Court. Under Part 14 of the Criminal Procedure Rules the prosecution is required to draw up the indictment within prescribed time limits. The bill is normally preferred by delivering it to an officer of the Crown Court. After the bill has been signed by an officer of the Crown Court the bill of indictment becomes the indictment on which the defendant is tried.

Subjects: Law.

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