Definition of lay a charge in English:

lay a charge


  • Make an accusation.

    ‘we could lay a charge of gross negligence’
    • ‘I didn't think they had sufficient evidence to lay a charge, let alone obtain a conviction and that view hasn't changed after what I've seen today.’
    • ‘It is not even clear that they have to lay a charge or, if a person is found not guilty, that they have to return those things that they have seized.’
    • ‘It is significantly different than laying a charge for the purpose of furthering a civil claim.’
    • ‘The prosecutor should not lay a charge where there is no reasonable prospect of securing a conviction before a reasonable jury.’
    • ‘I told him I wanted to lay a charge of assault, and he told me he had two witnesses who would say I had assaulted him.’
    • ‘The information gathered through the investigation did not merit laying a charge against anyone.’
    • ‘When he went to lay a charge at the local police station, the police officer on duty refused to open a case, claiming that he could not open a case for a R20 robbery.’
    • ‘The incident resulted in the 26-year-old woman laying a charge of rape against the 53-year-old judge, who was arrested and has spent the past few days in prison.’
    • ‘Yet the Children's Bill says ‘a male child that was subjected to circumcision against his will may lay a charge of assault’.’
    • ‘He said a shot was fired at him at the nightclub and he went to the police station to lay a charge of attempted murder.’
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