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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

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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.
The state attorney (or the statewide prosecutor) will draft "true bills" for the grand jury and will provide the means for the drafting of its presentments.
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 INTRODUCTION
The new man on the sidelines for the Bills, Doug Marrone, probably came cheap (in true Bills' fashion) because he is certainly not a well-known commodity beyond Syracuse University, his alma mater, where he coached the Orange for the last four years going 25 and 25, including two victories in the little-known Pinstripe Bowl.
Thus, the Nine Dollar bills listed for the bank at New Bedford are, the Spy warned, "hard to distinguish from genuine bills - except in the motto `Peace in the World.' In world, the l and d is in a shade in the counterfeits - The true bills have only the d.
That a grand jury shall consist of twelve citizens, any nine of whom concurring may find an indictment or a true bill: Provided, that no grand jury shall be convened except upon an order of a judge of a court having the power to try and determine felonies; but when so assembled such grand jury shall have power to investigate and return indictments for all character and grades of crime; and that the power of grand juries to inquire into the willful misconduct in office of public officers, and to find indictments in connection therewith, shall never be suspended.
for them to have returned a true bill on that, or for us to have filed a charge.
If it had returned a "true bill," the case would have gone forward.
In particular, Professor Bowman relies heavily on the distinction between a "true bill"--that is, a grand jury finding of probable cause--and a valid indictment.