nolle prosequi

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nol·le pros·e·qui

 (nŏl′ē prŏs′ĭ-kwī′, -kwē′)
n. Abbr. nol. pros.
A declaration that the plaintiff in a civil case or the prosecutor in a criminal case will drop prosecution of all or part of a suit or indictment.

[Latin nōlle prōsequī, to be unwilling to pursue : nōlle, to be unwilling + prōsequī, to pursue.]

nolle prosequi

(ˈnɒlɪ ˈprɒsɪˌkwaɪ)
(Law) law 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. Compare non prosequitur
[Latin: do not pursue (prosecute)]

nol•le pros•e•qui

(ˈnɒl i ˈprɒs ɪˌkwaɪ, -ˌkwi)
(in court records) an entry indicating that the plaintiff or prosecutor will proceed no further in an action. Abbr.: nol. pros.
[1675–85; < Latin: to be unwilling to pursue]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nolle prosequi - an entry in the court record to the effect that the plaintiff or prosecutor will not proceed
entry - an item inserted in a written record
Verb1.nolle prosequi - drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records; "They nolle prossed the charge"
knock off, drop - stop pursuing or acting; "drop a lawsuit"; "knock it off!"
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Certain functions now being performed by the Office of the Attorney-General, such as the power to issue a Fiat authorizing commencement of legal action in sensitive matters, or a Nolle Prosequi, will be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Prosecution barrister Sean Gillane told the court the DPP had requested a nolle prosequi be entered in respect of all of the charges against the defendants, except for one count of criminal damage against Dylan Collins.
Being naive we expected the immediate and exemplary punishment of those who perpetrated this despicable attack, but what a disappointment it was to find out that the attorney-general decided not to bring any charges against the thugs, issuing a nolle prosequi.
A nol pros, or nolle prosequi, is a court filing reflecting a prosecutor's decision not to proceed with a criminal case after charges have been brought.
A nolle prosequi (no prosecution) was entered in 19% of rapes and 29% of serious sexual assaults.
The December 17 Authority for the Protection of the Revolution and the December 17 Association had strained every nerve to obtain the abused judge's nolle prosequi, but in vain, as the plaintiff was not in the region.
According to the criminal law in force regarding the proceedings, the Prosecutor may adopt a solution of not standing trial (release from the criminal charges, nolle prosequi or dismissal of criminal charges) by ordinance, if the law provides this aspect (for instance when the penal action was initiated or when the prosecution authority proposes to stand trial, and the Prosecutor delivers a solution of not standing trial), and in the other cases by reasoned resolution.
Lewis Kaplan - the District Court Judge who had been presiding over the bin Laden case in court, issued an order called nolle prosequi, which means do not prosecute in Latin, a typical legal move once a defendant is deceased.
It was that racecourse that was the scene of a not altogether successful attempt at giving the classy chaser a Flat career last month, only for the five-year-old to issue a firm nolle prosequi when presented at the stalls.
This led to the Attorney General to issue the rare nolle prosequi (a Latin phrase meaning unwilling to prosecute) order which kept her out of the dock when the case finally reached its conclusion in February 1987.
In 1987 the Attorney General controversially passed a Nolle Prosequi order - which meant the case against the woman known as the Midland Steel Queen could not proceed - because she was said to be close to death.
1993), the Florida Supreme Court held that the state could not refile charges after it entered a nolle prosequi and the speedy trial period had run.