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  • decision

    A court's judgment or decree that settles a dispute. (See also decree, judgment.)...

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  • declaration

    A sworn, written statement that is used as evidence in court. The statement supports or establishes a fact. The person that makes the declaration certifies or declares under penalty of perjury that th...

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  • decree

    A court decision. It can be (1) "interlocutory," which means it is not a final decision, or (2) "final," which means all issues of the case are settled....

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  • deem

    To consider or have an opinion. For example, to deem it necessary to do something....

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  • defamation

    When 1 person hurts another person's character, fame, or reputation by making false and malicious statements that are not protected by law....

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  • default

    When a defendant in a civil case does not file an answer or other response with the court or go to court when they are supposed to, after being properly notified. This is called being "in default."...

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  • default judgment

    A court decision in favor of the plaintiff when the defendant doesn't answer or go to court when they're supposed to....

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  • defendant

    In a civil case, the person or organization sued by the plaintiff. In a criminal case, the person accused of the crime....

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  • defense

    In a civil case, the facts or arguments presented by the defendant to show why the plaintiff doesn't have a right to the relief asked for. In a criminal case, the reasons why a defendant should not be...

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  • defense attorney

    In a criminal case, the lawyer that represents the accused person (called the "defendant")....

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  • deferred fine

    When payment of a fine is put off until a later date, sometimes called a "fine stay."...

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  • delay reduction

    Court management of cases to reduce long periods of time in which nothing happens in a case....

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  • delete

    To omit, leave out, or remove....

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  • deliberate

    To consider all the evidence and arguments related to a case that were presented in court....

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  • deliberations

    When a jury, for either a civil or criminal case, goes into the jury room to discuss the evidence and testimony and reach a verdict....

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