Definition - What does Guilty mean?

The term guilty refers to a person who has been convicted by a court or who has admitted of a crime. After a plea of no contest, the defendant might also be ruled guilty by a court.

Justipedia explains Guilty

Under civil law, the term guilty usually means a misconduct rather than a crime. It may refer to fraud, assault, or other intentional misconducts. The use of the word guilty in civil lawsuits is often confusing as it should only be used in criminal cases.

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