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 (ə-kyo͞o′zə-tôr′ē) also ac·cu·sa·to·ri·al (-tôr′ē-əl)
Containing or implying accusation: an accusatory glare.

ac·cu′sa·to′ri·ly adv.


(əˌkjuːzəˈtɔːrɪəl) or


1. containing or implying blame or strong criticism
2. (Law) law denoting criminal procedure in which the prosecutor is distinct from the judge and the trial is conducted in public. Compare inquisitorial3
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Adj.1.accusatorial - specifically indicating a form of prosecution in which one is publicly accused of and tried for a crime and in which the judge is not also the prosecutoraccusatorial - specifically indicating a form of prosecution in which one is publicly accused of and tried for a crime and in which the judge is not also the prosecutor
inquisitorial - especially indicating a form of prosecution in which proceedings are secret and the accused is questioned by a prosecutor who acts also as the judge


Containing, relating to, or involving an accusation:
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an accusatorial process in which the power of the State is deployed against an individual accused of crime' (172) is likewise ill-suited to the RSPCA.
Also termed adversary procedure; (in criminal cases) accusatorial system.
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O]urs is an accusatorial and not an inquisitorial system--a system in which the State must establish guilt by evidence independently and freely secured and may not by coercion prove its charge against an accused out of his own mouth.
Legal realist accounts aside, there is a prevailing understanding of the Court's criminal procedure jurisprudence that is frequently offered by the Court, and held up by commentators, as justifying or at least explaining doctrinal inattention to pretrial reliability concerns: the notion that "ours is an accusatorial and not an inquisitorial system.