accusatory instrument

  • To begin a criminal action, the state files this document to accuse a person of committing a criminal offense. It may be an "indictment," an "information," or a "complaint."

    Oregon Judicial Department 1
    See also complaint

1Oregon Judicial Department, Juror Information: Glossary of Terms, http://­www.ojd.state.or.us/­jurorinfo/­glossary.htm (last accessed May 27, 2009).