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English noun: criminal maintenance

1. criminal maintenance (act) 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

SamplesUnlike champerty, criminal maintenance does not necessarily involve personal profit.


Broader (hypernym)actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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