One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The suspension of proceedings in a criminal trial between the verdict and the sentence on the grounds of a material irregularity in the course of the trial.
- ‘A spurious time-line emerges, according to which the guilty verdict, the motion for arrest of judgment, and the discussion of the motion all occurred in November 1725.’
- ‘It is our opinion that the reasons filed in arrest of judgment are not maintained, and it is ordered that the motion be overruled.’
- ‘It may, in a proper case, lay the foundation of a motion for a new trial, but not in arrest of judgment.’
- ‘Probably the court had so much difficulty reaching a decision about the arrest of judgment because Curll's counsel could cite compelling precedent.’
- ‘We also conclude that the filing of a motion in arrest of judgment renders the judgment nonappealable until an order is entered disposing of the motion.’
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