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  • delinquent

    A child, under 18, that has done something that would be a crime if he or she were 18 or older....

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  • demurrer

    When a defendant says the facts presented by a plaintiff, even if true, are not enough to establish or prove the defendant's legal responsibility....

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  • de novo

    Starting a case all over again as if it had not been heard before. In Latin, novo means "new."...

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  • dependent

    In family law, this usually means a child that is financially supported by another person. In juvenile law, this means a minor that is in the custody of the court because he or she was abused, neglect...

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  • deposition

    Written or oral testimony given under oath in front of an authorized third person like a court reporter. Depositions take place outside of court. They allow the parties to get a record of a person's t...

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  • detention

    When a person is temporarily locked up until the court makes a final decision....

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  • determination

    A judgment or decision the court makes to end a lawsuit or controversy....

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  • deuce

    A slang term used for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol....

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  • dictum

    A part of a written court case opinion that is related to the case, but not needed to decide it. Can't be used as precedent in future cases....

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  • direct examination

    When a witness testifies and answers questions posed by the party that asked them to testify. (Compare cross-examination.)...

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  • direct income withholding

    A procedure that orders an employer in another state to withhold support from an employee's paycheck without having to go through the IV-D agency or court system in that state. With this order, withho...

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  • disbursement

    The court's distribution of money that it receives through fines or bail to the people that, according to the law, should get the money....

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  • discovery

    The gathering of information (facts, documents, or testimony) before a case goes to trial. Discovery is done in many ways, such as through depositions, interrogatories, or requests for admissions. It ...

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  • discrimination (in renting)

    Denying a person housing, telling a person that housing is not available (when the housing is actually available at that time), providing housing under inferior terms, harassing a person in connection...

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  • dismiss with prejudice

    When a court dismisses a case and will not allow any other suit to be filed on the same claim in the future....

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