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  • bench

    The desk where a judge sits in court;...

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  • bench trial

    Trial without a jury. The judge decides the case....

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  • bench warrant

    An order given by the judge (or "bench") to arrest a person. (See warrant, writ.)...

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  • Best interest of the child

    The standard that courts use to decide who will take care of the child. Some of the factors courts look at are the age of the child, the health of the child, the emotional ties between the parents and...

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  • bind

    To make yourself or someone else legally responsible for something....

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  • bind over

    A judge's decision before a trial that says there is enough evidence for a trial....

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  • blocked account

    An account with a financial institution in which money or securities are placed. No person may withdraw funds from a blocked account without the court's permission....

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  • bona fide

    Sincere, real, without fraud or deceit. Comes from the Latin for "in good faith."...

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  • bond

    A deed or legal paper that restrains a person or makes a person responsible for something. In court, a bond is a written statement that makes one person obligated to pay another person money, in certa...

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  • book (booking)

    What the police do when they arrest someone. Includes taking fingerprints, photographs, and writing down personal information about the person....

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  • breath test

    Testing someone's breath to see how much alcohol is in their blood....

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  • brief

    A written statement that each side gives the court to say why the court should decide that they are right....

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  • burden of proof

    When one person in the case has the responsibility to give more evidence than the other person....

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  • burglary

    When someone unlawfully breaks into or enters a building or home, and they intend to or do commit a theft or other serious crime....

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  • calendar

    A list, in alphabetical order, of all the cases in each courtroom every day. "To calendar" something means to give a day, time, and courtroom to a case....

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