Type
Crossword
Description

rules are used to determine the rights of individuals and collective bodies Substantive law
type of policy helps politicians appear to be tough on crime Three strikes law
he process in which prospective jurors are questioned under oath in an attempt to uncover inappropriate jurors Voir dire
The notion that punishment serves to deter the individual being punished from committing a crime in the future Specific deterrence
a less serious crime that is punishable by fine, forfeiture, or short-term confinement Misdemeanor
which motion requests the judge rule on whether particular evidence can be used in the trial In limeine
name of the rules governing court proceedings Procedural law
illegal type of behavior that is sinful and inherently wrong by nature Mala in se
the Latin term for 'parent of his country' or 'the state is his father'. This doctrine gives the state the power to act as the child(s) parents Parens patriae
a formal reading of the charges in the court of appropriate jurisdiction in front of the defendant Arraignment
type of violation that results from the failure to abide by specific conditions of corrections, but does not involve new crime Technical
a type of sentencing that is based on a fixed number of years Determinate
the type of guilt that refers to the defendant actually committed a crime Factual
The hearing in which the judge decides the best placement for a delinquent Disposition
the type of violation that only pertains to juveniles because of their age Status

criminal justice Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

training center for future policemen academy
community based corrections status probation
Unable to appreciate the nature of the charges against oneself and unable to assist one's attorney incompetent
Group that reviews the sentences of prisoners, the board of _________ pardons
theory that punishment causes people to avoid committing crime deterrence
release without bail recognizance
Latin for what comes next? Quo ______ Vadis
crime punishable by prison time felony
place of short term confinement jail
order allowing search or arrest warrant
questioning a potential witness or juror to determine qualification to serve. Voir ______ Dire
crime punishable by time in jail misdemeanor
go to a higher court to review the judgement appeal
charging document information
plea that results in punishment guilty
jury finding of innocence acquittal
Warning to suspect before custodial interrogation miranda
courtroom ____________group. Part of informal justice system work
culpable mental state, mens _________ rea
criminal act, actus ___________ reus
Intentional killing of another human being murder
reckless killing of another human being manslaughter
finder of fact in a non-bench trial jury
determiner of law judge
the tendency to return to a life of crime recidivism
rule that makes evidence not admissible because of police misconduct exclusionary
place for felons prison
taking of one into custody arrest
money posted to guarantee appearance in court bail

Mock Trial Vocabulary Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

to clear from charge or accusation Acquit
to hear and settle a case Adjudicate
An act that violates the law Crime
Written declaration made under oath Affidavit
An assertion that must be proved with evidence Allegation
A defendant’s defense against charges Answer
Transferring a case to a higher court for review Appeal
Hears court appeals and reviews decisions Appellate court
Objecting that admits facts of an opponent’s argument that denies they sustain pleading Demurrer
To call the accused to answer the charge Arraignment
Someone’s specific attorney Attorney At Law
Responsible for the case Attorney of record
Assessing the cause of death and examining the cadaver Autopsy
Money in exchange for release of the arrested, in guarantee that they’ll come to trial Bail
Court attendant who keeps order Bailiff
Responsible of proving a charge or allegation Burden of Proof
Facts or evidence in support of claim Case
Hall for trials and court Chambers
Laws of a nation dealing with rights of citizens Civil Law
Summing up important arguments, after seeing evidence Closing Argument
Filed in court against someone, by a plaintiff Complaint
When someone is officially guilty of a crime Conviction
Someone who investigates suspicious deaths Coroner
One who gives advice on legal matters Counsel
Group of people who make decisions about legal cases, and the time when this happens Court
When the accused is charged and judged Criminal action
System for those who commit (or are accused of) crimes Criminal law
Witness is interrogated/extends testimony Cross Examination
Award as compensation for loss/injury, usually money Damages
The accused party Defendant
Questioning a witness Direct Examination
Fair treatment of anyone in court Due Process Of Law
Anything giving information on the case(documents, testimony, items) Evidence
Document or article that is inspected; a form of evidence Exhibit
Crime that is more serious than a misdemeanor Felony
Formal charge for crime Indictment
Court order that prohibits a party of from specific action Injunction
Witnesses must leave the room when someone is appealing to the judge Invoke the Rule
One who hears and decides on court of law Judge
Right to interpret and apply law Jurisdiction
A jury of 12-23 people Jury Grand
Sits at civil and criminal cases Jury Petit

court Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Who appoints the federal judges with the advice and consent of the senate? President
What type of officer conducts presentence investigations, prepares presentence reports on convicted defendants, and supervises released defendants? Probation
What is the term used to describe evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries? testimony
________ are rules that set out a uniform sentencing policy for individuals and organizations convicted of felonies and serious (Class A) misdemeanors in the United States federal courts system. sentencing guidelines
What is the highest court in the country? supreme court
Does state court or federal court have jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases? federal
What is the term used for a crime that is punishable by death? capital offense
________ is a proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere (no contest) arraignment
In a criminal case who can appeal a guilty verdict? defendant
What type of offense is it when the penalty can include up to one year in a county jail. misdemeanor
What amendment protects against cruel and unusual punishments? eighth
How many of the amendments are for criminal cases? four
What is a serious crime carrying a penalty of more than one year in prison called? felony
How many jurors are there in a criminal trial? twelve
What is the least serious offense called? infraction
The U.S. is the only country in the world with juries in what type of trials? civil
What branch of government makes the laws? legislative

Judical & Juvenile Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Illegal violation of the law Criminal
A legal dispute between citizens (hint: divorce) Civil
A serious crime with severe punishments Felony
A less serious crime with a smaller punishment Misdemeanor
A crime that can lead to the death penalty Capital crime
Person who is the "wrond-doer" in a case that has the right to testify to defend themselves Defendant
A person who is arguing against someone in a civil or criminal case Prosecuter
The amount of time a judge serves six year term
There is a judge and jury in this court trial
Only a judge, no jury in this court Appellate
Act that would be a crime if committed by an adult (example: burglary) Delinquent
Act that would not be a crime if committed by an adult (example:smoking) Status offense
Determines if enough evidence exists to indict a person Grand jury
Citizens whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence of a person charged with a crime Trial jury
Courts make sure that everyone is protected from abuse by the government Due process of law
A citizen under the age of 17 Juvenile
The state's highest court Supreme court
Second highest ranking court Court of appeals
A trial by one's peers Jury trial

Court Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The release of a person before their trial so they don't have to wait in jail. Most of the time money will be payed to guarantee them showing up to the trial. Bail
Prove that the person accused was somewhere else when the crime took place. Alibi
Lying on the witness stand. This can cause the witness to get charged. Perjury
Think out a plan beforehand. Premeditated
A crime that is usually involving violence and you go to jail for over a year. Felony
A person under arrest to be brought before a judge or court, especially to secure the person's release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention. Habeas Corpus
Private relations between members of the community rather than criminal, military, or religious affairs. Civil Law
A system of law concerned with the punishment of those who commit crimes. Criminal Law
The part of English law that is derived from custom and judicial precedent rather than statutes. Common Law
When the person accused pleads guilty for a lighter sentence. Plea Bargain
Decides lawsuits brought before the court. Judge
Group of people selected to hear the evidence in the trial and render a verdict. Jury
Instead of sending the accused person to prison the court releases the person into the community under monetization. Probation
Institute legal proceedings against a person or organization. Prosecute
The punishment ordered by the court for a defendant convicted of a crime. Sentence
The decision made by a judge or jury that determines the guilt or innocent of the defendant. Verdict
A person called upon from either side in a lawsuit to give a testimony before the court jury. Witness
Court authorization to conduct a search to make an arrest. Warrant
A law passed by legislation. Statute
the official power to make legal decisions and judgments. Jurisdiction
The dispute point between parties in a lawsuit. Issue
Information received by other people that cannot be confirmed (rumor). Hearsay
To place a paper in the legal custody of the clerk of court to enter into its files. File
Information presented in testimony that is used to persuade the judge or jury to decide the case in favor of one side or the other. Evidence
Officially tell someone that they can or must leave. Discharge
A person who has filed a petition for relief under the bankruptcy code. Debtor
A tribunal presided over by the judge in civil or criminal cases. Court
A judgment of guilt against a criminal defendant. Conviction
A state that does not have any evidence to prove it happened. Claim
Property of all kinds including real and personal. Assets

Juvenile Court System Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Serious crime like murder Felony
Person accused of committing a crime and goes in front of jury or judge Defendant
Less serious crime like assault Misdemeanor
When a person is detained Arrest
To make a record of arrest Booking
Suspect enters a plea, if guilty, goes straight to sentencing Arraignment
Process of negotiation, may plead guilty for lesser sentence Plea bargain
A child that is less than 17 years old Juvenile
An offense that would not be a crime if committed by an adult Status offense
Committing a crime Delinquent behavior
A legal proceeding where an issue of law or fact is tried and evidence is presented to help determine the issue Hearing
A formal charge or accusation of a serious crime Indictment
A body of people (typically twelve in number) sworn to give a verdict in a legal case on the basis of evidence submitted to them in court Jury
A decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case Verdict
Declare the punishment decided for an offender Sentencing

Criminal Justice Vocabulary Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A finding of not guilty by a judge or jury. Acquittal
The loser at a trial asks a higher court to rule the trial judge made an error. The result may be the trial court is affirmed (the winner still wins), reversed (the loser now wins), or reversed and remanded (trial court has more work to do and has to follow the rule of law established by the appeals court). Appeal
______ ____________is the details; taking the time to make sure all of the details have been examined. For example, when processing a crime scene, officers should use ______ ___________ to ensure all components of the crime scene have been examined. Due Diligence
If something has _____________ value in a case, then it is an item that can be used to prove guilt or innocence of a subject. In addition, items that have ________value show a crime did in fact take place. If an item does not have _____________value, then it is an item that has been ruled out from assisting in an investigation. Evidentiary
A crime with a lower penalty than a felony. Misdemeanor
During an arraignment, it’s a defendant's plea of ______ _________, not admitting to the guilt of the crime, but paying the penalty for it. Nolo Contendere
An inmate's early release from prison upon good behavior, as well as meeting conditions throughout the early release. Parole
a group (3 or more) of individuals who conspire and act out activities that our justice system deems illegal. Organized Crime
Crimes at a level charged higher than a Misdemeanor Felony
A Defendant's voluntary guilty plea to an offense charge, for a lesser sentence. Plea Bargain
Government action against an accused person's criminal conduct. Prosecution
Re-offending [to do the same crime twice] Recidivism
an order to appear in court. Summons
someone who takes the law into their own hands, ignoring the criminal justice process. Vigilante
The individual that the charges are against. Defense
It is the physical action of the criminal act. Actus Reus
________ __________are required whenever you are interrogating someone who is in police custody (arrested/detained) about a crime. It is important to note you do not have to read someone their _______ ________ if you are gathering initial information. However, once you start asking crime specific or detailed questions, then the ___________ ___________ has to be read. Miranda Warning
A defense to a criminal act that purports the defendant was somewhere other than the place of the crime at the time the crime occurred. Alibi
a category of crime that consists of setting a fire with the intent of causing some type of harm (excludes accidental fires). Arson
A sufficient reason based upon known facts to believe a crime has been committed or that certain property is connected with a crime. Probable Cause
This amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Fourth
This Amendment protects the freedom of speech, religion, press, and peaceful protest. First
This Amendment protects an individuals right of self incrimination. Fifth
Alternative to imprisonment where a person can stay in the community with supervision Probation
The use or threat of violence directed at people or governments to punish them for past action or to bring about a change of policy that is to the terrorist's liking Terrorism
The killing of one person by another, whether intentional or non intentional Homicide
Unlawful offer or attempt with force or violence to hurt another Assault
The taking of the property of another out of his or her presence by means of force and violence or the threat thereof Robbery
Acquisition of the property of another through deception Fraud
The nighttime breaking and entering of the dwelling house of another, with the intention to commit a crime or theft therein (a felony) Burglary
The theft of property or money with which one is entrusted with or responsible for Embezzlement
Wrong committed by one person against other that does not require punishment, only entitles the victim to compensation Tort
The relationship between private parties only Civil
The relationship between the misbehaving private individual and society/government Criminal
The wronged individual in a civil case Plantiff
What the plaintiff seeks to win (Money) - damages Judgement
An unintentional tort. When a person's failure to use reasonable care causes harm Negligence
Responsible for harm Liable
Legal responsibility - the obligation to do or not do something Liability
Oral statements that harm reputation Slander
Someone who helps another person commit a crime Accomplis
An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime Conspiracy
The most serious form of criminal homicide (done w/ malice) Murder
The deliberate taking of one's own life Suicide
Statement that contains information about the elements of a crime and that is provided and attested to by a person involved in committing the crime. Can be oral or written. Confession
That portion of a residence not open to the public. Sidewalks and alleys are open to the public. But the ________ is reserved for private use by the property owner or the family. Curtilage
Questioning of an unwilling person (could be a relative or friend or suspect or even a witness) that is reluctant to give you information and that is suspected of direct or indirect involvement in the crime being investigated. Interrogation
Failure to properly care for a child. Also failure to care for a property or one's actions. Neglect

Legal terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

_____ law is for disputes between individuals Civil
________ law is for wrongs committed against the state Criminal
lying in court while under oath Perjury
Mens ____ the mental element of a crime (2) rea
Actus ______ the physical element of a crime (2) reus
the party being sued in a lawsuit Respondent
the party suing someone else in a lawsuit Plaintiff
compensation paid to a successful litigant Damages
a previous legal decision that courts rely on to make future decisions Precedent
one of the words in ADR Alternative
a written statement under oath Affidavit
when a higher court reviews the judgement of a lower court trial Appeal
a formal accusation of a serious crime Indictment
money given to the court to ensure that the defendant will return to face trial Bail
_______________ law, used in English Canada, has been developed through case decisions by judges, not by legislation Common
____________ claim: when the defendant in a civil action sues the plaintiff right back Counter
_____________ judgements are made if the defendant in a civil action doesn't appear for the trial Default
a formal meeting before a lawsuit begins in order to disclose information or facts Discovery
to collect money or property via a court order Garnish
testimony given by a witness who tells second hand information, generally not allowed Hearsay
Habeas __________ a court order used to bring a person physically before a court in order to see if there is enough evidence to proceed to criminal trial Corpus
a court order to stop doing, or to start doing, a specific act Injunction
a resolution process where an impartial third party assists to voluntarily reach a mutually acceptable settlement Mediation
release from incarceration after serving part of a sentence Parole
temporarily, or indefinitely, stopping a judicial proceeding Stay
a civil injury or wrong to someone else Tort
_____________ damages: compensation for future lost earnings, or pain and suffering General
_____________ damages are compensation for lost wages or expenses before a civil trial begins Special
an order to appear in court to testify as a witness Subpoena

Supreme Court Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

This term is an order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to send records for a case in which it will hear an appeal writ of certiorari
This term is a written statement submitted by the lawyer for each side in a case that explains to the judge why they should decide the case in favor of that lawyer's client brief
This is a court decision in an earlier case with facts and laws that are similar to a case in a court at the time that will usually govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way precedent
Permission given to a person who is poor and cannot afford for the case to go to the Court forma pauperis
Has the power to review the judgment of another lower court with an appeal appellate
Area over which the court has authority to decide case jurisdiction
A judge of the supreme court of a country or state justice
A promise to tell the truth oath
The decision of a judge or jury verdict
A written opinion by one or more justices that agrees with the verdict but wants to put it in own words concurring opinion
A disagreement between parties that is resolved by the court(This is what goes to court) case
One party writes this because they disagree with the court's decision asking another court to decide if the trial was conducted correctly appeal
An opinion written by a justice that disagrees with the majority opinion dissenting opinion
A punishment ordered by a court for a defendant who has committed a crime sentence
The person accused of a crime defendant
An opinion agreed on by over half of the justices majority opinion
Latin means "friend of the court" a people interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but not an actual party amicus curiae
A place where cases are decided during a tribunal court
a court of justice tribunal
The highest court in the United States Supreme Court

Mock Trial Crosswords

Type
Crossword
Description

to release or discharge from jail Acquit
To release from prison by payment of money Bail
A judges room used for afficial proceedings. Not the court Chambers
Person/company who are accused or sued in court Defendant
Info found which is then used to verify facts during a trial Evidence
A crime, including violence, which is more serious than a misdemeanor Felony
Charge of felony Indictment
A public official to decide cases in court Judge
A system of laws in a country Laws
A minor wrongdoing Misdemeanor
A solemn promise Oath
An open court in which people can witness the trial Public Trial
To place the defendant on bail Remand
Punishing defendant for their crimes Sentence
Statement given under an oath Testimony
Decision on disputed issue Verdict
Someone who was present during crime Witness
To place the defendant on bail Remand
To Disagree Objection
A court attendent entrusted with duties Bailiff
A spoken or written reply Answer
A statement that a situation is untolerable Complaint
Official power to make legal decisions Jurisdiction
An authoritive warning/order Injunction
Punishing the accused for their crime Sentence