Glossary of Public Records Terms

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Send back. For example, a higher court may remand or send back a case to a lower court, directing the lower court to take some action.

Stet Docket

The decision not to prosecute at this time. The case remains eligible to be re-opened for one year if a violation is committed during that time. After the one-year period, if no violations have been committed, it cannot be re-opened and the case is closed. This is not a conviction.

Stricken Off/Strike Off

A court is said to "strike off" a case when it directs the removal of the case from the docket, as being one over which it does not have jurisdiction and no power to hear and determine it.


Any minor crime, initially heard and decided by a district justice.


A written order notifying an individual that he or she has been charged with an offense and directing the person to appear in court to answer the charge.

Suspended Sentence

This is a procedure, after conviction of a crime, whereby the court allows the convicted person a period of time (a probationary period) to demonstrate an ability to avoid further criminal activity. It is different from "adjudication witheld" in that it only affects the sentence following the entry of a conviction.


Lesser offenses - generally city violations, code enforcement, etc.