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Glossary of Legal Terms

Two of the Ohio Public Defender’s core values are Service and Community.  Even when we cannot directly represent someone in court, we still want to serve that person and their community to the best of our ability.  This Glossary is one way the Ohio Public Defender does that.  It explains commonly used legal terms, which can help everyone better understand legal papers from indictment through sentencing.

This is an ongoing project, so please contact us with any confusing words that are not explained here!  You can send requests for definitions by using the form available on the Contact Us page.   We hope these explanations help you better navigate the legal system.

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