CELPIP Vocabulary – LEGAL words!
Vocabulary – LEGAL words! Word 2 Came in the CELPIP Exam!
CELPIP Vocabulary – LEGAL words: Today, we will learn vocabulary, specifically words that are important for legal definitions. One word in this list, which is the second word, was not known by many people. During the CELPIP Exam, this question was asked and many people lost marks for not knowing the word. Therefore, it is crucial to learn these words for everyday life, as well as when watching crime shows and taking exams.
So let’s go into it word number one today in a queue:-
“Accuse” is a very common verb that means to blame someone, as in “I accused her of stealing my stuff.” It can be used with or without evidence, depending on the situation.
In the CELPIP Exam, they presented two options: Option A – “Do you support Capital Punishment” and Option B – “Do you support Capital Punishment”. This was a survey conducted in their local offices. Many people did not know what Capital Punishment meant and wrote various incorrect responses, some even suggesting it had to do with a fine.
In reality, Capital Punishment means the death penalty. It may not include the word “death,” which may be why people misunderstand it. However, those who did not know the meaning lost many marks, emphasizing the importance of knowing such vocabulary moving forward.
“Convict” refers to a criminal; in other words, it means the same thing as calling someone “a convict.” There is no significant difference between the two phrases.
A group of people called the jury exists in North American courtrooms, although it is unclear whether this concept exists in other countries. The jury is responsible for examining the case being discussed and delivering their verdict or final decision on whether the person is guilty or innocent. In other words, the jury is the entity that determines a person’s guilt or innocence in North American courtrooms.
CELPIP Vocabulary – LEGAL words!
“Misdemeanor” is a term commonly heard in movies and TV shows, although its meaning was unclear until I researched it while making this list. According to my findings, a misdemeanor refers to a less serious crime. For instance, if someone engages in minor shoplifting and no charges are pressed, but they are caught on camera, it may be considered a misdemeanor in many states. While it is still a crime, it is not a severe offence.
Movies often mention the concept of parole in relation to villains. Parole means early release from jail due to good behaviour. Being on parole is a beneficial outcome as it indicates early release.
In legal terminology, the term subpoena is quite common. It refers to a formal request or order to appear in or before a courtroom. Courts issue subpoenas to compel someone to appear before them, and if you are being ordered to show up on July 5th, it means that you are being subpoenaed.
In movies, the phrase “pressing charges” is often used. When someone decides to press charges against another person, they are putting them in a situation where they will have to appear before a judge or deal with the police. Further, this indicates that the person being charged has done something wrong and needs to be held accountable for their actions. Pressing charges implicates them in the crime and acknowledges that they are the perpetrator who needs to face consequences for their wrongdoing.
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