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In court, both defendants apologised. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The defendants deny all charges. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She said: 'The defendant did speak to his wife to try to remember who was driving. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The judge dismissed the claim against both defendants. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Three other defendants deny similar obstruction charges. The Sun (2014)There have been cases where the wrong defendant has attended court to give evidence. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The three other defendants remain on court bail. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The defendant accepts his actions were unlawful. The Sun (2011)The position of a convicted defendant was essentially different from that of a defendant at trial. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The claims could well be aired by the two defendants when the case goes to trial. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The defendant claims to maintain a "zero tolerance policy" for discrimination and harassment. Christianity Today (2000)The trio are standing trial with five others and all defendants deny the charges against them. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The defendant appeared in court with his mother and was excused from sitting in the dock. Times, Sunday Times (2006)No applications for bail were made on behalf of any of the three defendants. The Sun (2008)He is not one of the defendants to the action. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The defendant had been convicted on that count but acquitted of robbery. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Most of his early practice was on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury cases or criminal defendants. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The other defendants also deny the claim. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The judge then proceeded to ask all the defendants in court if they knew whose mobile phone had rung. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The second defendant appeared in person. Times, Sunday Times (2013)You are going to have to decide whether the defendant's defence is pure invention. The Sun (2008)Under Italian law a defendant was not regarded as convicted until his conviction became final. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The claimant in person; the defendants did not appear and were not represented. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The defendant raised threshold defences contending no common law remedy or 1998 Act remedies were available. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Under Italian law, defendants have two possibilities of appeal before a conviction becomes definitive. Times, Sunday Times (2014) Any defendant may plead the defence of duress to a charge that they have committed a criminal offence other than murder, attempted murder or treason. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'defendant'
British English: defendant /dɪˈfɛndənt/ NOUN
The defendant in a trial is the person accused of a crime.
The defendant pleaded guilty.
- American English: defendant
- Arabic: مُدَّعَى عَلَيْه
- Brazilian Portuguese: réu
- Chinese: 被告
- Croatian: branjenik
- Czech: obžalovaný
- Danish: tiltalte
- Dutch: gedaagde
- European Spanish: acusado
- Finnish: vastaaja oikeudessa
- French: accusé
- German: Angeklagter
- Greek: εναγόμενος
- Italian: imputato
- Japanese: 被告人
- Korean: 피고
- Norwegian: tiltalte
- Polish: oskarżony
- European Portuguese: réu
- Romanian: acuzat
- Russian: обвиняемый
- Spanish: demandado
- Swedish: svarande
- Thai: จำเลย
- Turkish: davalı
- Ukrainian: обвинувачений
- Vietnamese: bị đơn
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