One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit.
- ‘In considering the court's power to dismiss a case for pretrial delays it is useful to consider the right of the prosecutor to seek a nolle prosequi.’
- ‘The prosecutor had sole, unfettered discretion to enter a nolle prosequi in this case.’
- 1.1 (in the UK) the dismissal or termination of legal proceedings by the Attorney General.
- ‘The Attorney-General may stop any prosecution on indictment by entering a nolle prosequi.’
- ‘The power of the Attorney to issue a nolle prosequi has no statutory basis.’
Latin, literally ‘refuse to pursue’.
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