nolle prosequi

nolle prosequi

[nol-ee pros-i-kwahy, -kwee]
noun Law.
an entry made upon the records of a court when the plaintiff or prosecutor will proceed no further in a suit or action. Abbreviation: nol. pros.

Origin:
1675–85; < Latin: be unwilling to pursue, do not prosecute

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nolle prosequi (ˈnɒlɪ ˈprɒsɪˌkwaɪ)
 
n
law Compare non prosequitur an entry made on the court record when the plaintiff in a civil suit or prosecutor in a criminal prosecution undertakes not to continue the action or prosecution
 
[Latin: do not pursue (prosecute)]

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nolle prosequi
formal notice to a plaintiff that the prosecutor will not continue a suit, 1681, from L., lit. "to be unwilling to pursue." The verb nolle-pross is attested from 1880.
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nolle prosequi

in Anglo-American law, request by a prosecutor in a criminal action that the prosecution of the case cease, either on some or all of the counts or with respect to some or all of the defendants. It usually is used when there is insufficient evidence to ensure successful prosecution or when there has been a settlement between the parties out of court. The term also has been applied to the cessation of a civil suit

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