Legal terminology Dutch-English-French

The list below contains the most important legal terminology in Dutch, English and French. It is ideal for students who need to prepare for legal studies abroad or courses in English or French, as well as for practicing lawyers and mediators. The legal terminology is arranged alphabetically for easy retrieval of vocabulary.

Dutch

English

French

be arrested

to be under arrest

être en état d’arrestation

attack

attack

attack

lawyer

lawyer, solicitor, barrister

avocat

argument

argument

dispute

arrest

judgment

arrest

counter

banisters

barre

bandit

bandit

bandit

mediation

mediation

intermediate

accusation

accusation, charge

accusation

proof

evidence

preuve

fine

fine

amendment

loot

loot

bute

cell

cell

cellule

thief

thief

voleur

theft

theft

full

kill

to kill

tuer

capital punishment

death penalty

peine de mort

secret agent

secret agent

agent secret

court

court

cour

witness

witness

temoin

witness stand

witness box

barre des temoins

testimony

testimony

temoignage

prisoner

prisoner

prisonnier

jail

prison

prison

capture

capture

capture

armed robbery

armed robbery

full à main armée

hostage

hosting

otage

hold up

hold up

hold up

burglar

burglar

cambrioleur

jury

jury

jury

courthouse

law courts

palace of justice

corpse

corpse

cadavre

ransom

ransom

rançon

criminal

criminal

criminal

murder

murder

meutre

killer

murderer

meurtrier

interrogate (a witness)

to question (a witness)

interroger (un temoin)

escape

to escape

s’éfather

crook

crook

escroc

lock up

to imprison

emprisoner

rob (a bank)

to rob (a bank)

dévaliser (un bank)

commit (a crime)

to commit (a crime)

commettre (un crime)

attempt

attempt

tentative

process

trial

process

straight

right

droit

court

tribunal

tribunal

right

judge

juge

to shoot

to shoot

tirer

punishment

sentence

condamnation, peine

suspect

suspect

suspect

defense

defense

defence

murder

to murder

assassin

sentenced to 5 years in prison

he got a 5-year prison sentence

il a été condamné à 5 ans de prison

verdict, verdict

verdict

verdict

to appear in court

to stand trial

passer en jugement

conditional release

on parole

and liberté conditionnelle

set free

to set free

liberer

weapon

weapon

poor

legal

legal

legale, legitimate