Filed Under: Criminal Law

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A document prepared once an accused has been committed for trial after a preliminary inquiry, though it can also be laid without a preliminary inquiry having been conducted (see direct indictment or preferred indictment). This document specifies the particular offence or offences with which the accused is charged, and is the document based upon which the trial for an indictable offence will occur.

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