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Money or other form of security the judge requires to be held by the court to ensure that a criminal defendant, released while awaiting trial, will be in court for the trial. Bail is returned when the defendant returns for trial.


Courtroom attendant responsible for keeping order in the courtroom and supervising the jury.


The seat where a judge sits in court.

Board of Supervisors

Local governing body at the county level.


Written statement explaining facts of a case and laws that apply.

Burden of Proof

Responsibility for proving the facts in a case.

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