Intentionally given up a right.
Waiver of immunity
A means authorized by statute by which a witness, before testifying or producing evidence, may relinquish the right to refuse to testify against himself or herself, thereby making it possible for his or her testimony to be used against him or her in future proceedings.
Most commonly, a court order… Continue reading
To set aside.
A writ summoning persons to court to act as jurors. (See venire facias in Foreign Words Glossary.)
Authority of a court to hear a matter based on geographical location.
A conclusion, as to fact or law, that forms the basis for the court’s judgment. (See directed verdict.)
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Annotated Annotated uniform and model acts approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
An agreement by which one undertakes an express performance without receiving any express promise of performance from the other.
An organization of workers formed for the purpose of collective bargaining.
United States Attorney
A federal district attorney appointed… Continue reading
Tangible Personal Property Memorandum (TPPM)
A legal document that is referred to in a will and used to guide the distribution of tangible personal property.
The income against which tax rates are applied to compute tax paid; gross income of businesses or adjusted gross income of individuals less deductions and exemptions.
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A written order issued by a judge that directs a law enforcement officer to search a specific area for a particular piece of evidence.
To mark a document with a seal; to authenticate or make binding by affixing a seal. Court seal, corporate seal.
Legal encyclopedias, treatises, legal texts, law review articles, and citators. Writings… Continue reading
Land, buildings, and whatever is attached or affixed to the land. Generally synonymous with the words “real estate.”
An accused person is entitled to acquittal if, in the minds of the jury, his or her guilt has not been proved beyond a “reasonable doubt;” that state of minds of jurors in which they cannot say they… Continue reading
To vacate or void a summons, subpoena, etc.
An obligation created by the law in the absence of an agreement or contract; not based upon the intentions or expressions of the parties.
A classification of actions such as violation of a city ordinance that is not also violation of a criminal statute, which are wrongs against… Continue reading
Also, legal assistant. A person with legal skills who works under the supervision of a lawyer.
An act of grace from governing power which mitigates punishment and restores rights and privileges forfeited on account of the offense.
Supervised release of a prisoner from imprisonment on certain prescribed conditions which entitle him to termination of his sentence.
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A solemn pledge made under a sense of responsibility in attestation of the truth of a statement or in verification of a statement made.
The process by which one party takes exception to some statement or procedure. An objection is either sustained (allowed) or overruled by the judge.
The publication of cumulated court decisions of state… Continue reading
Process by which a person acquires nationality after birth and becomes entitled to privileges of citizenship.
Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.
The process of submission and consideration of offers until an acceptable offer is made and accepted.
One acting without formal appointment as guardian for… Continue reading