Penalty Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Penalty, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Penalty?

n.In a criminal trial after the crime is proved a person maybe ordered by the judge to pay monetary fine or his property can be forfeitted.The accused can also be put behind bars for a period of time.In civil law penalties can be imposed on business with improper licence or for “late payments” on promissory notes or lease.