Definition of case file in US English:

case file


  • A collection of documents and evidence relating to a particular legal case.

    ‘she discusses a court case without referring to the case file’
    • ‘Whittle insisted he has had no active part in the case since last year, although it is claimed that his name remains on the case file.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, as I have not yet seen the recently released case file at the National Archives, I will be relying on current news reports for information.’
    • ‘Carrying a coffee tray and a stack of case files simultaneously was an acquired skill.’
    • ‘Police case files often contain conflicting or inaccurate information.’
    • ‘Henry was a victim of so much abuse that it actually brought tears to my eyes when reading his case file.’
    • ‘I am generally not a horror film fan, probably because if I want to see real horror I can go to work and look through some homicide case files.’
    • ‘The case file reveals that a former bricklayer was the primary suspect for many years.’
    • ‘Its painstaking attention to detail could only have come from the author pawing over endless FBI case files.’
    • ‘Should electronic case files be protected from unlimited public disclosure, or should they be treated the same as paper files?’
    • ‘Sadly, her case file, and the photograph it probably contained, has been destroyed.’