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  • ad litem

    Ad Litem is latin "For this lawsuit." ...

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  • administrative procedure

    The way an executive government agency makes and enforces support orders without going to court....

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  • admissible evidence

    Evidence that can legally and properly be used in court....

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  • admission

    Saying that certain facts are true. But not saying you are guilty. (Compare with confession.)...

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  • admonish

    To warn, advise, or scold....

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  • admonition to jury

    What the judge says to the jury about (1) what they must do and how they must behave, (2) what evidence they can use to make their decision (called "admissible" evidence), and (3) how they can use tha...

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  • adoption

    The way to make the relationship between a parent and child legal when they are not related by blood....

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  • adversary system

    The system of trial practice in the United States and some other countries in which each of the opposing (or "adversary") parties has the opportunity to present and establish opposing positions before...

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  • adverse witness

    A person called to testify for the other side....

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  • affidavit

    A written statement that someone swears to under oath in front of someone that is legally authorized, like a judge or notary public....

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  • affirm

    To make a solemn (serious) statement....

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  • affirmation

    When an appellate court says that the lower court's decision was right....

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  • affirmative defense

    When a defendant or person responding to a civil case has a reason that would make him or her "not guilty" or not at fault and gives the court new evidence to prove that. The defense has to prove what...

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  • agent

    Someone that has authority to act for another....

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  • Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC)

    A past government program that used to give money (also called "public assistance") to families with children. This was replaced by Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF)....

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