Legal Terms & Procedures

 
abstract of record
abstract of title
accumulative sentence
 
action in personam
action in rem
adjudication
 
admiralty
adversary system
allegation
 
amicus curiae
ancillary bill or suit
answer
 
appearance
appellant
appellate court
 
appellee
arraignment
arrest of judgment
 
at issue
attachment
attorney of record
 
bail
bail bond
bailiff
 
banc
bench warrant
best evidence
 
binding instruction
bind over
brief
 
burden of proof
burglary
calling the docket
 
caption
certiorari
challenge for cause
 
challenge to the array
chambers
chancellor
 
chancery court
change of venue
circumstantial evidence
 
clear and convincing evidence
code
codicil
 
commit
common law
commutation
 
comparative negligence
competency
complainant
 
complaint
concurrent sentence
concurring opinion
 
condemnation
contempt of court
contract
 
corpus delicti
corroborating evidence
court reporter
 
costs
couterclaim
courts of record
 
criminal insanity
cross-examination
cumulative sentence
 
damages
de novo
declaratory judgment
 
decree
default
demur
 
deposition
dictum
direct evidence
 
direct examination
directed verdict
discovery
 
dismissal without prejudice
dissent
domicile
 
double jeopardy
due process
embezzlement
 
eminent domain
enjoin
entrapment
 
equitable action
equity,courts of
escheat
 
escrow
estoppel
et al
 
et seq
ex contractu
ex delicto
 
ex parte
ex post facto
exception
 
executor
exhibit
expert evidence
 
extenuating circumstances
extradition
fair comment
 
fair preponderance
false arrest
felony
 
fiduciary
forcible entry and detainer
forgery
 
fraud
full faith and credit
garnishment
 
garnishee
general assignment
general demurrer
 
gratuitous guest
guardian ad litem
habeas corpus
 
harmless error
hearsay
holding
 
holographic will
hostile witness
hypothetical question
 
cause
impeachment of witness
implied contract
 
imputed negligence
inadmissible
in banc
 
in camera
incompetent evidence
indeterminate sentence
 
indictment
inferior court
information
 
injunction
instruction
inter alia
 
inter alios
interlocutory
interrogatories
 
intervention
intestate
irrelevant
 
jurisprudence
jury
grand jury
 
petit jury
jury commissioner
leading question
 
letters rogatory
levy
libel
 
limitation
lis pendens
locus delicti
 
malfeaseance
malicious prosecution
mandamus
 
mandate
manslaughter
master
 
material evidence
mesne
misdemeanor
 
misfeasance
mistrial
mitigating circumstances
 
moot
moral turpitude
multiplicity of actions
 
municipal courts
murder
ne exeat
 
negligence
nisi prius
 
no bill
nolle prosequi
nolo contendere
 
nominal party
non compos mentis
non obstante veredicto
 
notice to produce
objection
of counsel
 
opinion evidence
ordinary
out of court
 
panel
parol evidence
parol evidence rule
 
parole
parties
peremptory challenge
 
plaintiff
plaintiff in error
pleading
 
polling the jury
power of attorney
praecipe
 
prejudicial error
preliminary hearing
preliminary injunction
 
preponderance of evidence
presentment
presumption of fact
 
presumption of law
pro hac vice
pro se
 
probate
probation
prosecutor
 
prosecutrix
quaere
quash
 
quasi judicial
quid pro quo
quo warranto
 
reasonable doubt
rebuttal
redirect examination
 
referee
removal,order of
replevin
 
reply
request to produce and inspect
res gestae
 
res judicata
rest
retainer
 
robbery
rule nisi,or rule to show cause
rule of court
 
self-defense
 
separate maintenance
separation of witnesses
sheriff
 
sine qua non
slander
special venire
 
specific performance
standing
stare decisis
 
state's evidence
statute
stay
 
stipulation
subpeona
subpeona duces tecum
 
substantive law
summons
supersedeas
 
talesman
temporary restraining order
testate
 
testimony
tort
transcript
 
transitory
traverse
trial de novo
 
true bill
undue influence
unlawful detainer
 
usury
venire
venire facias de novo
 
veniremen
venue
verdict
 
voir dire
waiver of immunity
warrant of arrest
 
weight of evidence
willful
with prejudice
 
without prejudice
witness
writ
 
writ of error coram nobis