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Information is a formal criminal charge made without a grand jury indictment by a prosecutor in a document called an information.[1]

The term is used in Canada[2] and various other common law jurisdictions, including a number of U.S. states.

The information is one of the oldest common law pleadings (first appearing around the 13th century), and is nearly as old as the better-known indictment, with which it has always coexisted.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Protass, Harlan J. (2009-03-11). "Madoff's "Information": Why didn't the Ponzi schemer get indicted instead?". Slate.  
  2. ^ "Criminal Code of Canada".  
  3. ^ Lester B. Orfield, Criminal Procedure from Arrest to Appeal (New York: New York University Press, 1947), 194-197.

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