Definition of accusatorial in US English:



  • attributive (of a trial or legal procedure) involving accusation by a prosecutor and a verdict reached by an impartial judge or jury.

    Often contrasted with inquisitorial
    • ‘Continental procedure is quite different, as it is inquisitorial rather than accusatorial.’
    • ‘He established an anticorruption commission, supported passage of a new penal code based on the oral accusatorial system, and saw passage of a law that created an independent Supreme Court.’
    • ‘It sounds a very dubious principle and inconsistent with the accusatorial trial.’
    • ‘A lot of citizens, and some lawyers, do not know that this is just absolutely fundamental to our legal system, the accusatorial system, and it is a very, very important check on power and on authority.’
    • ‘The absence of an accusatorial procedure places an inquisitorial burden upon an inspector.’
    • ‘The third point is that our adversary system is accusatorial.’
    • ‘That would be contrary to the whole concept of an accusatorial criminal justice process, in our submission.’
    • ‘So our accusatorial system, as it's called, needs to be I think carefully looked at.’
    • ‘A criminal trial is an accusatorial and adversarial process.’
    • ‘But, unless a judge would go on and explain, ‘That is because we have a rather special legal system which is accusatorial.’’
    • ‘Now, I will not take the Court through that whole thing but there is another passage at 445 which speaks about the English provisions as undermining the accusatorial system but that article is, as I say, but one of many.’