Criminal Justice System

Clay Adams, Jessica Lee, Peyton Smith

Important Words

  1. Warrant- written authority to make an arrest or conduct a search.
  2. Arraignment- pre-trial court appearance during which an accused person answers formal charges made against him or her with a plea of gulity or not gulity.
  3. Grand Jury- group of citizens who decide if there is enough evidence of a crime to send the accused to trial.
  4. Indictment- formal accusation that lead to trial
  5. Plea bargain-agreement in which a defendant plead guilty to lesser charge and the prosecutor in return drops more serious charges.

Main Ideas


  1. There are many crimes that happen, The FBI, courts, jails, and prisons work together to deal with the crime that happens in the community.
  2. When they are arrested they are held for trial when the police make an arrest when they see a person commit crime, or if the police have an warrant to arrest a person.
  3. The first step is charging a person with a crime. Then they must bring defendant before a judge. Then the judge: 1.Describes the crime 2.They tall about the things that they could and couldn't do. 3.Decide either they stay in jail or leave.
  4. At trial they find out if the person is guilty or not.
  5. Criminal trials are expensive.The parties may also drop other charges made by the defendant.
  6. The steps of trial, First jury selection Then trial and then verdict and finally sentencing.