|1.||to bring (a prisoner) before a court to answer an indictment|
|2.||to call to account; complain about; accuse|
|[C14: from Old French araisnier to speak, accuse, from |
in Anglo-American law, first encounter of an accused person with the court prior to trial, wherein he is brought to the bar and the charges against him are read. The accused usually enters a plea of guilt or innocence. If he chooses not to plead, a plea of not guilty will be entered for him. A guilty plea will usually result in the case's being handed over for judgment. Sometimes the court will permit a guilty plea to be withdrawn.
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