Glossary to Documents

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Glossary to Documents

Affidavit         
A written statement of facts made under oath

Bond form
Signed by Defendant, promising to appear as scheduled; shows monetary amount or condition of pretrial release from custody

Citation          
Electronic or handwritten ticket generally issued by law enforcement officer

Complaint      
Formal charging document filed by prosecuting attorney

Information
An accusation of some criminal offense in the nature of an indictment, but which is presented by a competent public officer such as a county attorney instead of a grand jury.

Journal entry 
This is the written record of a hearing’s proceedings in summary form.

Motion                       
Application to court to obtain a ruling or order in favor of applicant

Pre-sentence Report (PSI)     
Investigation of defendant completed by probation; contains personal information, criminal history, and screenings; designed to provide information to the Court for sentencing purposes. The PSI is confidential.

Pretrial Release
 

Probable Cause         
A Constitutionally prescribed standard of proof; a reasonable ground for belief in the existence of certain facts.

 

 

Revised 1/2019