Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The court’s question of a prisoner after verdict of guilty as to any statement he may desire to make before sentence is passed. See 27 Mo. 324.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal procedure, when a prisoner Is convicted on a trial for treason or felony, the court is bound to demand of him what he has to sgy as to why the court should not proceed to judgment against him; this demand Is called the "allocutus," or "allocution," and ls entered on the record. Archb. Crim. PI. 173; State v. Ball, 27 Mo. 324.