Legal termsThe law is difficult and is often described in technical language. Our glossary provides short descriptions of legal words and terms you will find on this website.
A court order that imposes a penalty, such as a fine or imprisonment.
Formal delivery of legal documents to tell a person or company to go to court or to do or not do something.
A written statement that is signed and declared to be true and correct before an authorised witness.
A document compelling a person to attend court to give evidence, to produce a document or do both.
A discussion between the prosecution and the accused person about an alleged offence(s).
A minor criminal offence that can be heard by a judicial officer.
A court order restricting information from being made public.