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true bill

n. Law
An indictment that has been approved by a grand jury as based on enough evidence against the accused to justify a prosecution, signified by the jurors by writing true bill on the indictment.

true bill

n
(Law) criminal law (formerly in Britain; now only US) the endorsement made on a bill of indictment by a grand jury certifying it to be supported by sufficient evidence to warrant committing the accused to trial

true′ bill′


n.
a bill of indictment in which a grand jury indicates that a hearing of the case is justified.
[1760–70]
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Noun1.true bill - an indictment endorsed by a grand jury
bill of indictment, indictment - a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
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In one day afterwards, the Grand jury found a True Bill against Christopher Nubbles for felony; and in two days from that finding, the aforesaid Christopher Nubbles was called upon to plead Guilty or Not Guilty to an Indictment for that he the said Christopher did feloniously abstract and steal from the dwelling-house and office of one Sampson Brass, gentleman, one Bank Note for Five Pounds issued by the Governor and Company of the Bank of England; in contravention of the Statutes in that case made and provided, and against the peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, his crown and dignity.
If a true bill of indictment is returned by the grand jury, the case enters criminal proceedings where a higher burden of proof (beyond a reasonable doubt) is necessary for conviction.
were dedicated to the proposition that the Declaration of Independence was the true Bill of Rights of the nation conceived in Lady Liberty's embrace, born July 4, 1776.
DISQUALIFICATION TO SERVE AS A GRAND OR PETIT JUROR FREQUENTLY USED WORDS AND PHRASES GRAND JURY AND PETIT JURY DISTINGUISHED HISTORY OF THE GRAND JURY THE GRAND JURY AS AN ACCUSING AND INVESTIGATIVE BODY OFFICERS OF THE GRAND JURY PROCEDURES PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND JURY DETERMINATION WHETHER TO RETURN AN INDICTMENT OR A NO TRUE BILL THE STATE ATTORNEY (OR THE STATEWIDE PROSECUTOR) AS LEGAL ADVISOR TO THE GRAND JURY SECRECY OF GRAND JURY PROCEEDINGS PROTECTION AND IMMUNITY OF GRAND JURORS ON BEING A GRAND JUROR--SOME PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS CONCLUSION
Owen, who now works part-time in a bakery, will also have to pay PS400 prosecution costs although the judge suggested the true bill was probably thousands of pounds.
A true bill of indictment was issued by a Citizens' Grand Jury in Ocala, Florida, who reviewed evidence and voted unanimously to indict Obama and Biden at 6:02 pm on October 29, 2012.
The apology came as the beleaguered bank revealed the true bill for mis-selling complex financial products to unwitting small businesses could be as much as Au450 million.