Navigate legal language with ease using our detailed glossary. Our legal glossary provided clear definitions for a wide range of legal terms.
Orders that a specific location be searched for items, which if found, can be used in court as evidence. Search warrants require probable cause in order to be issued.
The punishment ordered by a court for a defendant convicted of a crime. Federal courts look to the United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines when deciding the proper punishment for a given crime.
To separate. Sometimes juries are sequestered from outside influences during their deliberations.
The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
A conference between the judge and lawyers held out of earshot of the jury and spectators.
A description that a witness gives to the police and that the police write down.
A law passed by a legislature.
A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
A command to a witness to produce documents.
A decision made on the basis of statements and evidence presented for the record without a trial. It is used when there is no dispute as to the facts of the case, and one party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.