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  • courtesy notice

    A notice made by a computer that is usually sent for traffic violations to tell a defendant about a court date, bail, etc....

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  • creditor

    A person or business that is owed a debt (usually money). (See judgment creditor.)...

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  • criminal

    Someone that has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor....

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  • criminal case

    A court case that starts because of a crime....

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  • cross-complaint/cross-claim

    A claim filed by codefendant(s) or coplaintiff(s) against each other. (Compare with counterclaim.)...

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  • cross-defendant

    The defendant in a cross-claim....

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  • cross-examination

    The testimony a witness gives when the other side's lawyer is asking the questions at a trial, hearing, or deposition....

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  • custodial parent

    The parent that has primary care, custody, and control of the child(ren)....

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  • custody list

    A list that the county jail makes every day to tell the court the names of the people in custody that have hearings that day. Also called a "transportation list."...

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  • Custody mediation

    A meeting with a trained, neutral third party who helps the parents try to agree on a parenting plan for their children. Click here for more information on custody mediation....

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  • custody order

    A court order that says who a child will live with and who should make decisions about health care, education, and other important things....

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  • damages

    Money that the losing side must pay to the winning side to make up for losses or injuries. There are 2 kinds of damages (1) "compensatory," meaning money to pay for the actual cost of an injury or los...

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  • debtor

    A person or business that owes a debt (usually money). (See judgment debtor.)...

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  • debtor's examination

    A court procedure that a judgment creditor may use to make a judgment debtor provide the information about his or her income and assets needed to collect the judgment. (Often called an "OEX", which is...

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  • decedent

    In criminal law, it means a murder victim; in probate law, it means a dead person....

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