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  • litigants

    The parties (sides) involved in a lawsuit....

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  • litigate

    To conduct or engage in a lawsuit....

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  • litigation

    A case, controversy, or lawsuit. The people involved in lawsuits (plaintiffs and defendants) are called "litigants."...

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  • local child support agency

    See child support enforcement (CSE) agency....

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  • Local forms

    Courts create local forms to standardize the preparation of documents in their court. Click here to see a sample local form? (PDF). Local forms are different from Judicial Council forms. Local forms c...

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  • lockout

    When a landlord locks a tenant out of the rental unit to end the tenancy. Lockouts, and all other self-help eviction remedies, are illegal....

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  • lodger

    A person who lives in a room in a house where the owner lives. The owner can enter all areas occupied by the lodger, and has overall control of the house....

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  • long-arm jurisdiction

    Legal provision that lets 1 state claim personal jurisdiction over someone that lives in another state. There must be some meaningful connection between the person and the state or district that is cl...

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  • LRE

    Stands for "least restrictive environment." This means that, whenever possible, special education students must be placed in regular classrooms with their mainstream, nondisabled peers while still hav...

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  • magistrate

    A judicial officer with the power to issue arrest warrants and find probable cause at preliminary hearings. (Compare with commissioner, judge, referee.)...

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  • maim

    To cripple or mutilate in any way; to injure a person in a way that deprives him or her of the use of any limb or other part of his or her body; to seriously wound, disfigure, or disable. (See also ma...

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  • malfeasance

    Performance of an act that should not have been done at all. (Compare with misfeasance, nonfeasance.)...

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  • mandatory

    Required, ordered....

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  • manifestation determination

    Part of a pre-expulsion assessment in which the individualized education program (IEP) team figures out if a special education student's misconduct that otherwise could result in expulsion is, instead...

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  • manslaughter

    The unlawful, but unintended killing of a person. Can be voluntary, like when someone is killed unlawfully under circumstances that don't include a premeditated intent to kill. Or involuntary, like wh...

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