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  • automated voice response (AVR) system

    Phone system that gives information to people over the phone....

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  • backlog

    All the cases that haven't been settled or decided in the time the law says they should be....

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  • bail

    A security deposit (usually money) given to release a defendant or witness from custody and to make sure that they go to court when they're supposed to....

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  • bail bond

    A legal paper that you buy from a bondsman and give to the court instead of bail. The defendant signs it and is let go. But if they don't come to court when they're supposed to, they must pay the amou...

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  • bail exoneration

    When you get your bail back. Or when a bail bondsman or insurance ("surety") company isn't responsible for your bail anymore....

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  • bail forfeiture

    A court order to let the court keep the bail deposit because the defendant didn't go to court when they were supposed to....

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  • bail notice

    A legal paper from the court that says the court will make a warrant for arrest unless the defendant goes to court or pays bail....

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  • bail receipt

    A written statement that the court gives a defendant that says bail was paid....

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  • bail schedule

    A list of the amount of bail that is recommended for different charges. In criminal cases, the court decides how much bail a defendant has to pay to be released....

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  • bailiff

    A person that is in charge of security in the court. Bailiffs are picked by sheriffs or marshals....

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  • bank levy

    Way to enforce a decision against someone that owes money. The money is taken from their checking or savings account at a bank, savings and loan, thrift institution, or credit union....

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  • bankruptcy

    The legal way for a business or person to get help when they can't pay the money they owe. In bankruptcy court, they can get rid of debts by paying part of what they owe. There are special bankruptcy ...

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  • bar

    All of the lawyers qualified to practice law. For example, a state bar includes all of the lawyers qualified to practice law in that state....

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  • battery

    Illegal beating or physical violence or control of a person without their permission. (Compare with assault.)...

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  • behavior intervention plan

    Plan made by a local educational agency (LEA), as part of the individualized education program (IEP), to change the behavior of students that hurt themselves, assault others, or are destructive....

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