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  • filing a form

    A court form is "filed" only when the court clerk stamps it "Filed." You can give your court forms to the clerk by mail or in person....

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  • filing fees

    Money you pay the court clerk to accept (or "file") a complaint or petition, which starts a civil case, or other court papers, like motions and answers....

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  • finding

    When a judicial officer or jury says something is a fact....

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  • fine

    The money a person must pay as punishment for doing something illegal or for not doing something they were supposed to do....

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  • fix-it ticket

    A common name for a traffic ticket given for a malfunction on a vehicle, like a broken taillight. After fixing the problem, the vehicle owner has to get a police officer to sign the ticket to show the...

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  • foreperson

    When the jury first meets to decide a case, they vote to pick 1 member of the jury as their foreperson. The foreperson is in charge of making sure that discussions take place in an orderly way, that t...

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  • forfeiture

    When a person must give up money or property because they didn't meet a legal obligation. (See also bail forfeiture.)...

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  • foster care

    A program that gives money to a person, family, or institution to raise someone else's child. (See also IV-E and IV-E case.)...

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  • fraud

    Deceiving someone on purpose in a way that financially hurts others....

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  • fugitive

    A person suspected of doing something wrong that runs away or tries to escape the law....

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  • full faith and credit

    This means a state must honor an order or judgment of another state's court?and tribal courts....

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  • garnishment

    A legal process that allows part of a person's wages and/or assets to be withheld for payment of a debt. Wage or income garnishment is usually involuntary. (See also direct income withholding, income ...

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  • general plan of conservatorship

    A conservator's formal plan for taking care of the conservatee's personal and financial needs. This plan must be filed with the court within 90 days after the conservator has been appointed by the cou...

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  • genetic testing

    A medical test to determine legal fatherhood (or "paternity"). (See also blood test.)...

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  • guest

    A person who does not have the same rights as a tenant, for example, someone who stays in a transient hotel for fewer than seven days....

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