Indictment Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Indictment.

Indictment (noun):

The term 'Indictment' refers to a formal, written accusation made by a legal authority asserting that a person has committed a specific crime. It proposes there is enough evidence and sufficient witness testimony to warrant a trial. This does not automatically deem the accused as guilty, but sets the stage for a fair trial in a court, usually involving a jury or a judge. However, it primarily determines if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.