criminal maintenance


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n criminal maintenance the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community "unlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit"
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In literature:

When Parliament met again, the Commons insisted that the Lords should sign a declaration against the maintenance of criminals.
"Humphrey Duke of Gloucester" by K.H. Vickers

In news:

GRAHAM — Courtrooms in the Alamance County Criminal Courts building are temporarily closed due to maintenance.