An indictment must not be held insufficient, nor can the trial, judgment or other proceedings thereon be affected by reason of any defect or imperfection in any matter of form which does not prejudice the substantial rights of the defendant on the trial.

(Code 1852, §592; Code 1867, §4142; Code 1876, §4815; Code 1886, §4367; Code 1896, §4895; Code 1907, §7133; Code 1923, §4528; Code 1940, T. 15, §231.)

Terms Used In Alabama Code 15-8-4

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.