From Webster’s New World Law Dictionary
hand down v. For a judge or court to release a decision upon a motion or at the resolution of a trial or appeal.
hand up v. For a grand jury to process an indictment of an accused.
This is from Poynteronline (I pasted here because the URL does not seem to be working)
I note this because on occasion you are going to here this from crusty old or even young editors who think they know best. Once you read this, however, I would argue that any time this construction is used it should be changed to:
"John Jones was indicted"
"a grand jury indicted John Jones"
Also see note from AP on indict pasted at end:
Posted, Jan. 18, 2002
Updated, Jan. 18, 2002
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indict Use indict only in connection with the legal process of bringing charges against an individual or corporation.
To avoid any suggestion that someone is being judged before a trial, do not use phrases such as indicted for killing or indicted for bribery. Instead, use indicted on a charge of killing or indicted on a bribery charge.