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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.
A "no bill," returned far less frequently than true bills, means that the members of the jury voted not to indict.
In world, the l and d is in a shade in the counterfeits - The true bills have only the d.