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due process of law

the regular administration of the law, according to which no citizen may be denied his or her legal rights and all laws must conform to fundamental, accepted legal principles, as the right of the accused to confront his or her accusers.
Also called due process, due course of law.
Origin of due process of law
1885-90 Unabridged
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  • Lyles argues that the superceding indictment is the result of vindictive prosecution and made without due process of law.
  • To provide hearings and due process of law for those charged with civil violations.
British Dictionary definitions for due process of law

due process of law

the administration of justice in accordance with established rules and principles
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due process of law in Culture

due process of law definition

The principle that an individual cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards. The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantee that any person accused of a crime must be informed of the charges, be provided with legal counsel, be given a speedy and public trial, enjoy equal protection of the laws, and not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, unreasonable searches and seizures, double jeopardy, or self-incrimination.

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