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  • jury

    A group of citizens picked according to law and authorized to decide a case. Can be (1) grand, that is, a body of citizens that determines whether probable cause exists that a crime has been committed...

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  • jury commissioner

    The local official responsible for giving the court lists of qualified potential jurors....

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  • jury instructions

    The guidelines given by the judge at the beginning and end of a trial that explain what the law in the case is and how the jurors should evaluate the evidence. (See also admonition to jury, instructio...

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  • jury roster

    A list of all the potential jurors asked to appear in court for possible service on a jury; the list of jurors picked to decide a case....

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  • just cause

    In an unlawful detainer case there is just cause if the tenant has broken the lease or otherwise done something that legally justifies ending the lease....

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  • juvenile

    A person younger than the legal age of adulthood, which usually is 18 years but in some cases is 21 years. (See also minor.)...

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  • juvenile court

    That part of the superior court that handles delinquency, status offense, and dependency cases involving minors....

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  • keeper

    An officer that the court appoints to be responsible for money or property legally seized in connection with a pending case....

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  • keeper levy

    A judgment enforcement procedure in which the levying officer takes over the operation of a judgment debtor's business for a limited time to obtain cash and credit card receipts for payment to the jud...

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  • laches

    Excessive lapse of time in enforcing a right that can be enforced by legal action; negligence in failing to act more promptly....

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  • landlord

    An owner, also called "lessor," that rents out real property to a tenant, also called "lessee."...

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  • lawsuit

    (1) A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, which caused harm to the plaintiff; (2) a legal dispute brought to...

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  • lawyer

    A person qualified to represent clients in a court of law and to advise them on legal matters. (See also attorney, counsel.)...

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  • LEA

    Stands for "local educational agency," usually the local school district, responsible for providing special education services to eligible public school students....

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  • lease

    An agreement for renting real property, including residential property, like a house or an apartment. A lease is usually in writing and it covers a specific amount of time, such as 1 year. A rental ag...

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