Definition of indictable in US English:



  • 1(of an offense) rendering the person who commits it liable to be charged with a serious crime that warrants a trial by jury.

    ‘company law contains a total of 138 indictable offenses’
    • ‘Thus, if the jury acquit the accused of the more serious indictable offence, they may still convict of the summary offence.’
    • ‘The decision whether to treat an offence as summary or indictable is made by the Crown prosecutor after taking into account all the circumstances of the case.’
    • ‘They've got power to arrest people, this is without warrant, who they believe on reasonable grounds have committed serious indictable offences.’
    • ‘If dealt with in the magistrates court, minor indictable matters are prosecuted by the police.’
    • ‘That means in relation to rape, which would be an indictable offence, no guarantee of jury trial.’
    • ‘He points out that serious crime, indictable offences, fell by 21 per cent, from 102,484 offences to 81,274 offence in the five-year period.’
    • ‘You are not on trial for an indictable offence against a law of the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘Crimes and misdemeanours are indictable offences…’
    • ‘Hence, the argument as well that the act of violence or the major indictable offence that was identified, the attempted robbery, was over and so on.’
    • ‘Charges ranged from forgery and fraud over $5,000 to conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.’
    • ‘The person has committed an indictable offence.’
    • ‘In Australia, our serious crimes are called indictable offences, but that term can also include shoplifting.’
    • ‘This Act provides the procedures for the holding of preliminary inquiries into indictable offences by Magistrates.’
    • ‘The Part II suspect regime allows for blood samples to be obtained from those suspected of committing an indictable offence.’
    • ‘It is desirable for all offenders charged with an indictable or a serious summary offence to complete a copy of the fingerprint information form P59B in their own handwriting.’
    • ‘The powers can be used by the Crown Court in relation to a person convicted of any indictable offence.’
    • ‘For an indictable offence, there is no formal time limit for the commencement of a prosecution.’
    • ‘Unless one has committed a serious indictable offence such as rape or murder, one has a good chance at starting anew.’
    • ‘Even under the Australian Constitution, which has no bill of rights, the right to a trial by jury for federal indictable offences is preserved by section 80.’
    • ‘Section 494 of the Criminal Code permits the arrest of a person whom one finds committing an indictable offence.’
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) liable to be charged with a crime.
      ‘many more indictable offenders are tried and convicted’
      • ‘But if my servant throws dirt into the highway, I am indictable.’